Two week’s ago this blog festured ‘The Wheels on the bus’. Don’t get too excited thinking you have cracked the Enigma code here and seen a bit of a pattern with children’s songs..it really is purely coincidental.
Incidentally for those not from or familiar with the UK these really are what our rural post boxes look like (to this day) and sadly what our public phone boxes did look like although you see less and less of them in use. In some small villages they have been turned into book exchanges, or will house defibrillators; in more urban areas they have also mostly gone but you find the odd one that now houses a cashpoint (ATM)
Anyway, for those not in complete harmony with UK children’s TV and the corresponding theme tunes, Postman Pat was an animation character of a friendly middle aged postman in a fictional village bordering Cumbria and North Yorkshire. Our own children who are all now professional adults in their mid twenties had postman Pat so ingrained in them that even now , particularly if we are in that locality (which is only an hour or so away from where we live) will still exclaim…’ah, it’s postman pat’ if we drive past one of the iconic red Royal mail vans that are still used in rural areas. Like any good parent I just indeed assure them it is that very person, he is probably delivering a letter to Mrs Goggins and Jess, Pat’s Black and White cat is safely curled up asleep in front of the fire at home!
There was obviously many years of indoctrination to get this almost Pavlovian response to seeing a red van (and a man probably in shorts and other non winter weather clothing which is a somewhat stereotypical but true image of our posties)
So what next? ..if we see DPD delivering will there be shouts of …it’s Mr Higgins? DPD in their tracking messages are always very formal and tell me that Mr ‘so and so’ will be delivering shortly.
Or what about DHL? ..Will there be chants of …’look a huge envelope arriving’ ….this of course sealed with industrial strength polythene impossible to permeate that will then reveal a tiny envelope.
Or of course a non descript white van ….aka an Amazon delivery of a very large box…just filled mostly with air and perhaps a tiny package!
No wonder Mary Poppins got excited by parcels!