In my half asleep state this AM, I wondered… why am I getting something from the U.S. Department of Labor? And I ripped into the envelope as I rolled down the lane.
John would have rolled his eyes. John was meticulous when it came to mail. He’d sit down somewhere with an official letter opener and methodically open each piece of mail.
Me… well that’s what God gave us fingers for… RIP!
Had I thought it was something important, I would have gotten out the letter opener… that darn hindsight…
Anyway, the letter reads…
Dear Mrs. Smith:
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy for th death of your husband, Firefighter John P. Smith.
All of us at the Department of Labor ar solemnly reminded of the important role of firefighters in protecting this nation, and we offer grateful appreciation for Firefighter Smith’s sacrifice.
I offer my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on your loss,
Acting Assistant Secretary
OK, John, I promise… the next piece of mail that looks “official” I’ll get the letter opener out to open it…