Monday morning when I went out to pick up my newspapers I saw my mailbox lying in the street about 6 feet from its post. Someone must have hit it with their car during the night and drove on.
The box, which looks exactly like the photo to the left, except mine had my street number on it, was dented and twisted out of shape. The bar that it had rested on was loosened and wobbly and the part underneath that stabilizes it was broken away from the post.
For most people this would represent merely the need to replace the mailbox. For me, however, it was another chapter in my ongoing efforts to keep a mailbox in front of my house. Since I moved in to my present home I have had to replace mailboxes often.
Two mailboxes and their posts were crushed by falling tree limbs during hurricanes. One was hit by a driver who left nothing but a jagged portion of the post. They obviously stopped and picked up the box and what was left of the post and drove away. I can’t imagine what for.
Another time everything was gone! Just a hole in the ground greeted me when I went out to get my newspapers. That incident prompted me to secure the next post in a concrete base.
That replacement had been up less than a week before another disaster struck. My neighbor directly across the street had a yard sale and some woman lifted something from a table and took off for her car without paying for it. The neighbor started after her shouting. But the lady jumped into her car and sped away, clipping my brand new mailbox.
The mailbox was ruined and the support bar bent upwards and to the side just enough to make the replacement look sort of lopsided, but I wasn’t about to dig up the post and concrete base in order to install a new one.
This Monday I bought an entire new post kit and mailbox, but I just replaced the support bar and the stabilizer from the kit. The new mailbox is even more askew and less aesthetically pleasing. But it’s going to take another hurricane, mysterious disappearance or a more damaging collision to get me to consider total replacement.