99 word prompt : The old ways

January 30, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a postal carrier in an extreme situation. Even if you base your story on a true one, focus on the core trait of this postal carrier. Go where the prompt leads!

If you want to participate, here’s the link:  CARROT RANCH


My father owned a moving company until he could no longer strap a piano on his back and walk up a flight of stairs. 

He was hired to sort mail in 1964, when your 100% accuracy rate meant more than having only a 5th grade education. 

Then, the unions took over and he had to pass a test to keep his job.

Test anxiety meant failure. 

Demoted to janitorial, the people hired to fill his job laughed at him while his former boss said he was a better employee than all three combined.

Sometimes, the old ways are best.