West Winter was only a mail carrier for a short time, but he was still touched when he saw 4-year-old Logan sitting out on his porch when it was 30 degrees wearing nothing but a T-shirt and UPS hat waiting for Winter to deliver that day's mail. So, on Winter's last day of his route, he decided to give the aspiring "little mailman" a special gift.
Logan's aunt, Emily Giese, shared the sweet story on the Love What Matters Facebook page about how Winter gave Logan his warm carrier hat.
"My four-year-old nephew, Logan, wants to be a mailman (and gets his practice by checking the mail 100 times a day and peer pressuring me to send him postcards.) Today, the real live mailman brought him a special delivery! You guysssss. The letter from 'Mr. Mailman' reads: 'Hello Little Mailman, Sorry I'm typing this, I'm afraid if I wrote it by hand you'd never be able to read it. I only met you once. It was cold outside and I was running late. You were sitting on the porch waiting for me to come around. You were wearing a tee-shirt (sic) and USPS baseball cap and it was probably 30 degrees, but you didn't care, you just wanted to see the mailman. I don't know why, but it meant a lot to me, little dude. Today is my last day delivering mail. I really enjoyed it, but I went to school for something else and I found a job that fits me better. And there's always a chance I'll be back. Life's funny that way. There's a job called a Postal Inspector that I'm really interested in, but they don't hire people too often. It's like being a policeman, but for letters and packages. I promise you'll be the first one I tell if I get that job! Anyway, I just wanted to give you a gift so you don't freeze the next time you're waiting for the next regular mailman to make his way around the block. And don't worry if you decide it's not what you want to do when you grow up. I haven't been working that long and I've already been a mailman, a mechanic, a cashier and a carpenter. Just find your thing and don't lose the spark. From your #1 fan, Wes Winter ' He said he only wants to wear his hat and his belly button (whatever that means!)"
Since the story was shared on March 17, it has received more than 17,000 likes. Many people are writing about how Winter's kind gesture touched them while others are writing how they had dreams of being letter carriers just like Logan. Some commenters are also sharing the special things their mail carriers have done for their families.
One Facebook commenter wrote, "When my son was small, maybe 4 or 5, he would write the mail person a note and leave it in the mailbox every day (I had to help him write the letters.) The mail lady would write him back and a wonderful friendship began. She would leave him sweet little gifts with her letters in the mailbox and he would leave her little gifts as well. Their friendship was sweet and lasted until the mail lady left her job due to disability. She left him the most heartwarming note about it is [something] that we still have today. He did not write the new mail person notes, but still to this day remembers the kindness of that one special mail person! He's 21 now and has never forgotten excitedly waiting to get special deliveries from our special mail person who took the time to get to know him & make him feel important!"
"I'm retired now but I have great memories of the children on my routes.They always made my day, with meeting at the mailbox or waving and a smile."