Warren: I see the mail man
Abner: He is delivering – he’s a Santa Claus, delivering gifts
Earl: I think he’s got Christmas gifts. His name is probably James or something.
Felicia: His name is not that.
Earl: He’s 16 or 17, something like that
Abner: I think he’s between 40-60.
James: Looks like he’s getting ready to make a delivery.
Abner: He’s organized to signal a rendezvous point, for delivering those gifts. The reef on the door indicates where those gifts are goin’.
Earl: I believe they’re seein’ Santa Claus
Abner: He is in a rural town called Buckhorn. He’s been there since his grandfather’s time , bout 100 years – when they established the town, in Bellevue County, 129 miles South of Dallas.
Warren: He’s too happy to have a family; he’s smiling – you can tell he enjoyed what he’s doing. I’d love to swap with him for a day. If I knew where he lived, I’d ask him to bring me a package. It’s wintertime – look at the snow.
Abner – December, mid Dec – mid Jan
James: It’s roughly between 1950-1975 – I rest my case. Actually 1955-1990; a sun-aged gentleman.
Thomas: He’s smelling fresh smells.
Warren: Snow is knee deep. I’ve lived in that weather. He’s got his snow boats on to go place to place.
James: He’s been a mailman for 40-50 years.
Thomas: That’s really solid
Ab: If he retires he can deliver the Christmas packages in his pick-up-truck.
Ab: When the gifts come they’ll say Santa Claus brought it. He reminds me of heroic journeys to go meet the mailman, out in the country. The mailbox was about 1 mile away. I’d have to go out in the cold, the snow- anything – to meet the mailman.
James: I’ve got a lot of peoples in Mississippi who’ve got the mailbox far away, ½ mile or more. You want some exercise? Go buy a house in MI and try to get your mail.
Ab: The Pony Express was only acclimated for 18 months. They would have stables, and they’d see the boy galloping away- that was the shortest mail route we had.
James: Everything I’m talking about is in Mississippi. He’d have to have a mother and father to be here.
Ab: The neighbor might suffice.
James: In the country, people all scattered about here, there
Fel: Theres 20 or 30 people there.
Ab: Everybody knows everybody. There are streets where I live that are named after soldiers.
Fel: He is laughing, and proceeds to the house to deliver a bunch of boxes with things in it.
James: When I was a kid, if didn’t put up a stocking, I didn’t get a Christmas present.
Fel: Yes, well you had a great start. But some people are startled. Don’t know to work with other people. I think it is very important that we talk with people coming in, so they can be told what they need to know in the most important areas. And if we can set these areas up, with the knowledge needed…
James: You’ve got to have a little knowledge.
Fel: Yes, it seems to be clear that we need to set up an office to help those who need help so they know that there is a way to get what they need.
Created by participants from ASEB Berkeley.