Friday, January 16, 2009

Miracolo!

Occasionally I have made comments, perhaps less than flattering, about Big Ben and the Boys in that other country across the Tiber but today I am seriously impressed by the power of Pope Post. On Saturday last at around 2:30 pm Laurent put several parcels into the hands of a very pleasant gentleman at the Vatican Post Office - several bound for Canada and several for the United States. Imagine my surprise when I received a message from my friend Rick sent at 2:30 pm yesterday (Thursday.) saying that his two parcels had just arrived in Ottawa. That means five days - one of which was a Sunday - from post office to front door. Now that is a miracle!

And talk about serendipity, I'm posting (pun intended!)this on the Feast day of San Marcello, a 4th century Pope. Emperor Maxentius had him condemned to work as a slave at the Catabulum or central office of the imperial postal system. Tradition says he died there in 309 AD. The church of San Marcello al Corso - we dropped in there on Sunday - stands in that spot on the Corso today. I believe he is the patron saint of postmen or at least his name, and that of the Savoir are often invoked by people standing in interminable line ups at the Italian Post Office.

16 gennaio - San Marcello Papa

7 comments:

Doralong said...

Laurent is so brave!

evilganome said...

I quite often call on the almighty when I am stuck in a line at the post office. I can now see if San Marcello is also available for assistance. You are a font of useful information, Will.

Bev aka Aisha said...

Now what would we say while in line at a Polish post office Will? I remember trying everything possible to avoid them. But Afghan Post is a whole other world... :)

sageweb said...

Wow I can't even get mail that fast within the US.

Elizabeth said...

A very pleasant postal worker? Now THAT's a miracle!

SubtleKnife said...

Wow!

Mid-November I sent a change-of-adress card to a friend in Kentucky and added a birthday wish because his birthday was December 15th. I figured it wouldn't matter if it was a bit early.

He received it early January.

BigAssBelle said...

the post office fills me with dread.