I was listening to a bunch of kids have this conversation about how tough they have it because their wi-fi was not as fast as the kids that they were playing video games against. The kid telling the story was distraught, this was a big deal and as I continued to overhear the conversation I was sure that one of the kids was going to tell him to stop whining. Boy was I wrong... I can't begin to write how shocked I was when the other kids jumped in and turned a mole hill into a mountain in a heartbeat. I was blown away at what a major catastrophe this was.

I immediately started to think about about the tales that grandparents tell about walking to school uphill in the snow both ways. I knew if some stranger told them that story they wouldn't believe it. I then thought about my childhood and how helmets and pads were not required when riding a bike. In trying to figure out a way to put things in perspective for them, I thought if I tell them that story they would immediately question me about why I didn't call child protective services on my own parents.

All of a sudden it hit me, I'm going to tell them the story of "Mailing May"  the little girl that was shipped through the mail because it was cheaper than getting her a train ticket. When they find out that a 5 year old got mailed to her grandparents from Grangeville to Lewiston that will put things into perspective and they will appreciate their wi-fi issues.

As I thought about how to break the ice they got up and walked away. I thought to myself... "Idaho kids have gotten soft"... or maybe we just live in a very different time. February 19th marks the anniversary of "Mailing May" one of the last humans to be mailed in the U.S. and it all happened here in Idaho. Read the full story here. 


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