My dad loves pigeons. (Needless to say, he has never lived in a city, where they are perceived as dirty pests.) So when the Letter Writers Alliance came out with the Pigeon Post, I knew it would be a perfect gift for dad’s birthday in March. For Pigeon Post to make sense, you have to know that homing pigeons were used to send messages in World War I and II. Some pigeons were even awarded medals for their heroics during the wars. (See this article for more information.) The LWA’s Pigeon Post is a plastic carrier pigeon that delivers a letter through the mail. He weighs less that 13 ounces, so you can drop him (with postage!) in a blue mailbox without a box and he SHOULD get to your recipient. Yes, technically the USPS would prefer he is in a box, buuuut, he doesn’t have to be. And seriously, what kind of postal worker wouldn’t get a kick out of seeing this face pop out of a mailbox?
So, I typed up my dad’s birthday message:
And then stuck it into the pouch, taped it on his back and stuck on some postage (the LWA ladies make it so easy–everything you need is included, even the proper amount of postage!):
Then, after his photo shoot, Naoto & I walked him down to the neighborhood mailbox:
And, I dropped him in. It took a little shove, but he fit. One last goodbye:
This is where Naoto is telling me that it isn’t going to work.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that it doesn’t take much to make me happy (especially when it comes to postal goodness), but dropping him in the mailbox and anticipating his ride through the mail system and into my dad’s mailbox made me downright giddy. And I was on a postal high when I talked to my dad two days later and he had already received him! He said that he opened his mailbox and didn’t know what to think when he saw a BIRD inside! He got a kick out of it for sure!
Now, I’m on the lookout for more crazy things to send. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever mailed?