“Phew, You Got a Long Way to Drive”

In 2015, four-year-old Carter Lawson of Knoxville, Tennessee, got to spend some time with Mike Crenshaw, aka “Postman Mike.” Each day the mail is delivered, young Carter waits for Postman Mike, and one day Postman Mike invited him to visit the U.S. Postal Service’s sorting center in Knoxville where Carter got to see the mail-sorting process and learn about mail delivery. On the big day, Carter said, “I’ve got to get ready for Postman Mike.” Postman Mike was able to give Carter tips for being a good postman, such as (after seeing a box go flying through the air), “You don’t throw the mail! You’re going to get fired.” Carter asked him, “What’s ‘fired’ mean?” Postman Mike said about his friendship with Carter, “We just hit it off. You never know who you’re gonna become friends with. It could be a four-year-old child; it could be a 94-year-old man.” Cassie Lawson, Carter’s mother, said, “When you’re a child, so much of life is more magical. I think it’s really sweet because it’s not a celebrity, it’s not a pop star, it’s just your average guy who has a seemingly regular job.” Postman Mike said about Carter, “He sent a letter to one of his grandparents down in Texas. I said, ‘We’ll get it there, buddy.’ He said, ‘Phew, you got a long way to drive.’”

For More Information: Kerry Sanders, “Everyday Hero: Mailman Gets Help on the Job From Little Boy.” NBC News. 8 October 2015 <http://tinyurl.com/pzj3z2k>.

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