Where’s Clara?

Clara Dotson, our regular letter carrier, of course. I talked to Clara recently, and she was kind enough to share information about herself with all of us. Clara is a native Texan, born in Houston, and she has a big family, eight siblings, to be exact. She’s currently living in Atascocita with her new husband, who is a minister. Clara and her husband were just married in July, and she said they’re very happy together, raising her five-year-old son. Clara also has a twenty-year-old son who is in the Marine Corps, serving in Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with him and all of Clara’s family.

Clara has worked for the postal service for twelve years and just recently marked her fifth year on our route. She said the worst thing about her job is the heat in the summer. (That mail truck isn’t air-conditioned.) But the thing she likes the most about her job is customer service. She enjoys talking with the people along her route, and she spoke fondly of George and Winston, whom she used to see often, and of course, George always had a kindness or witticism to share. We miss him too, Clara!

In her spare time, Clara spends time with her family, including her siblings. They travel together on family vacations and generally see each other often. She also enjoys reading, and she’s quick to tell you that she’s a Christian, and that church is a big part of her life, especially since her husband is a minister.

I asked her why she never seemed to appear on our street at exactly the same time every day, and she explained that the letter carriers must wait until all packages are distributed before they can leave, and that now they start at eight in the morning instead of seven, so that pushes deliveries back a bit. Not that any of us are complaining, Clara. We think you do an outstanding job.

She said she has a great route, and she wanted me to tell everyone that if you need your mail held while you’re on vacation, she can do that for you. Also, if you have a package to mail, just put a note in your mailbox, and she’ll come pick it up for you. Now that’s service!

For the past week or so, I’ve tried to catch Clara to take her picture for this piece, but we’ve had substitutes on our route, so we do hope all is well, and that we’ll be seeing you again soon. Thanks, Clara, for the job you do so well every day, and be sure to tell your son we thank him from the bottom of our hearts for his service to our country. The flags next to the mailbox are in his honor.


About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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