My First Mailbox Monday. And thoughts on the significance therein…

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So this is my new mailbox in Florida. And before I tell you how I feel about this, I need you to know that I have never been the sort of person to have a goofy mailbox. Never. I’ve lived in many houses and many apartments across the country over many years and the mailboxes pitched in front of them have always been straightforward. In fact the mailbox we recently left behind in Oakland was strangely the most boring of all, and honestly my least favorite thing about the house I loved so much. It looked something like this…
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It didn’t fit the character of the house–all 1920’s Craftsman cute–and for years I thought we’d replace that ugly mailbox with something more appropriate. But we never did. We just sort of settled into blind acceptance. We stopped seeing how boring and ugly it was.

So when we landed in Florida and snagged a home with this silly pelican out front (see above), it felt like a gift. I loved putting letters into it and flipping its little red flag upright to signal a fresh dispatch to our carrier. I even enjoyed pulling bills from it, as unfun as bills are to receive.

The more I thought about it the more I felt there was some wisdom inherent in its bright yellow bill and funky blue wings–some larger lesson about life. It made me think of a recent post on Facebook in response to my angst about moving. A friend wrote…

“But you get to reinvent yourself if you so desire!”

I’ve thought a lot about that sentiment since we landed here in South Florida, a place so extraordinarily different from Northern California. Would I reinvent myself? And if so, how?

I don’t know the answers yet, but I’m open to exploring them. And in a large part I think that’s what this blog is about. It’s scary to undergo a big life change, to leave behind home & community built over decades, but it’s also an opportunity to see with new eyes, to experience everything as something new. As children do.

So here I am, Florida. Show me what you’ve got. This sweet goofy mailbox is a great start…