As summer comes around again(and I am very happy about that fact), there is green everywhere, and flowers blooming all over the place….Although, there is one thing that I really don’t enjoy about summer. It’s a small thing, and there are probably a few (very few) other things that I don’t appreciate about summer…..but not much. I am a big fan of warm weather. This one thing I really don’t miss in the middle of winter though! Anyway, here’s is something that you might like to know about our residence, should you ever be in the neighborhood. 😉
We do not live on Mockingbird Lane, have a vampire grandpa, or decorate with spiderwebs and dust. However, I have noticed that my family has something in common with the Munsters from the TV show back in the 60’s. It’s our mailbox. Every time I go out to get the mail there are spider(s) and their webs, cockroaches, other insects (visiting, I suppose), and just general nastiness. I have gone out one day with a resolution to clean it off, and succeeded with the help of a long stick. I was NOT about to use my hand to evict all those bugs, particularly the spiders…. Anyway, I got it nice and clean- front, back, inside and out. It looked like the lovely, rustic mailbox in the countryside, like it’s supposed to. The next day I went out, and the unwelcome tenants were back. Now, granted I hadn’t exactly gotten rid of the roaches because they run off whenever we open the mailbox. But it was them AND the spiders….again.
Honestly, I don’t know what the attraction is for these bugs! Yes, it’s a nice mailbox, or at least I think so- it’s old and the paint is fading, but it just adds to the rustic look. 😉 Never have I thought that any type of bugs had a taste for that though. The cockroaches might like the darkness, but why our mailbox? The neighbors is just as dark! It’s not as big as ours, but I don’t exactly think roaches need space for their furniture, ya know? I’ve thought about checking the neighbors’ mailbox, just to make myself feel better, but I think that it might be illegal to tamper with someone’s mailbox. Don’t quote me on that though.
But just by looking at the outside, our mailbox looks much more like the Munsters’ than any other mailbox I have ever seen. I also feel bad for the mailman/lady because it seems like on any given day there will almost inevitably be a spider making a new home on the handle. It’s a good place to hang out I guess…. 🙂 Thankfully, there are other methods of opening a mailbox! I have figured them out by necessity. I have also formed the habit of shaking out the catalogs, when we get them, to make sure I am not bringing any of those little squatters into our house. That would definitely be even worse than just seeing them once a day, maybe twice if I take out a letter to my pen-pal. So I guess, in conclusion, there really isn’t that much about our mailbox that resembles the Munsters themselves, but I think our mailbox is the pretty close to the perfect mailbox for them. I don’t recall ever having seen their mailbox in any of the episodes, but I’ve haven’t seen all of them, so maybe I ought to keep an eye out for it in the future! 🙂
I guess you could also call it the Addams Family mailbox…..Those TV shows were popular about the same time, I think. IMDB says that they both aired from 1964-1966. Apparently creepy, funny families were a topic of interest on TV in the mid-60s!
So, you now know not to tamper with our mailbox. I’m not sure why you would want to anyway- we don’t get exciting mail very often. But now you have extra incentive not to touch it. 🙂 Being that I’m working now, I don’t even have to touch it that much, because someone always brings in the mail before I get home! No one else complains about it to my knowledge, but our mailbox has been like that for years! Part of living out in the country, I guess. It’s not a bad price to pay for all the other things we get to enjoy out here though.
Have you ever owned something you thought would fit perfectly in a TV show? Maybe you’ve thought that you should be in a TV show! 😉 What would the story of your TV show be? If you’ve never wanted to be a TV star, maybe you can just tell me which TV show you like better- Addams Family or Munsters? My favorite character in the Munsters is Herman, and Lurch is my favorite from the Addams Family.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a lovely weekend!!!