Deliver us
Friday July 28th 2023, 9:07 pm
Filed under: Life

I was going to toss something in the recycling but first needed to get that last bit of plastic wrap off the top of it. I thought it would be quickly done, as I stood out there by the bin next to the open gate, but it was being remarkably stubborn.

I looked up at seeing someone new coming down the walkway. I smiled a hello.

His face was–wary, is the only word for it. “I’ve got a package,” the UPS man in the UPS uniform with his UPS truck parked in front of the house announced abruptly.

I thought, well, yeah, duh, that’s what you… I mean…  What I said out loud was, “Thank you!” with a smile in hopes of helping his day go better.

Afterwards, the more it sank in the harder it hurt. This very tall, very dark-skinned Black man was simply doing his job but felt he had to preemptively announce to the 5’5″ older white woman in that now-fiercely-expensive Silicon Valley neighborhood (I mean, when we moved here, the couple around the corner were a firefighter married to a hairdresser, just try to buy their post-WWII tract house now, we sure couldn’t) that that’s what he was doing.

I know tensions must be high at work with the strike so narrowly averted and with feelings strong.

But man.

Sometimes what that means is that other tensions you normally squash away can come bubbling up at unexpected moments. Like being afraid of how someone will react to your walking up to their house in complete innocence bringing something they themselves ordered.

I wanted to run after him and hug all better the little boy he once was.

I’m going to put a hand knit hat by the door in hopes of seeing him next time. I can’t mend everything in the world, but I can knit.

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Yes, you can. A lot. And I believe you do a wonderful job of mending a whole lot. Thank you. I so hope he comes by again soon.

Comment by DebbieR 07.28.23 @ 10:56 pm

Whoo. Yeah, sounds like he could use a hat; I hope you do see him again.

Comment by ccr in MA 07.29.23 @ 5:30 am

You definitely do a lot to help things be better.

If you have them, leave a couple hats by the door – I’ll bet he would love the opportunity to choose for himself.

Comment by Chris+S+in+Canada 07.29.23 @ 7:15 am

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