This morning I walked out to find my mailbox like this. I guess that after standing in the same place for so many years, the mailbox just needed to lie down and take a rest . . . or maybe someone decided to give it a little push? Funny thing, my neighbor's mailbox was lying on the ground, too. We had a day of heavy rain earlier this week and the ground was wet so the good news is that the post was not broken this time. "This time," you say? Yep . . . it happened before a few years back. If you look closely, you'll see a couple of metal straps around what should be the vertical post. The last time someone ran through the neighborhood taking down mailboxes, they broke the post. Rather than replacing it, I decided just to just strap it back together until that person had gotten all this mischief out of their system. Even years later, I never had replaced the repaired post . . . and I guess I'm glad that I didn't.
I don't mean to make light of vandalism but in the scheme of things, this wasn't a big deal. It took me all of 10 minutes to reset the post back in it's proper place and I decided the police had more important things to do than write-up a report on a simple instance of mischief. Alas, my mailbox stands up and proud again, ready to receive another handful of catalogs today!