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Customer thanks USPS for message from the past

The letter from Shailendra Ghorpade’s father.
The letter from Shailendra Ghorpade’s father. Photo: The Washington Post

A New Jersey man received a letter from his father earlier this year — and even though it arrived 14 years late, he couldn’t be more pleased.

Shailendra Ghorpade’s father mailed the note from his home in India a few weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“We are of course deeply concerned at what is going on in the world,” the letter reads. “We can only pray that sense all round will prevail to avoid a global catastrophe.”

In an essay this week in The Washington Post, Ghorpade describes the mixed emotions he experienced upon receiving the message from his father, who died several years ago.

“The expression of concern in the letter is sadly still relevant today. But the physical letter itself was a real joy,” he writes.

Ghorpade also offers his appreciation for USPS.

“To the U.S. Postal Service, I simply want to say thank you for delivering this letter to me. Fourteen years is a long time to wait for a letter, but rarely has one been more welcome.”

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