Those long holiday lines at the post office making you feel a bit like going postal? Try these tricks.
- Keep your child occupied by handing him emptied envelopes or adhesive backings to throw away. To keep him busier longer, cheat and tear them into pieces first.
- Play I Spy using only items specific to the post office — logos, signs, employees, FBI Most Wanted posters.
- Show your child the different sized mailing boxes and ask her to think of one object that will fit perfectly in each. (A sibling doesn't count.)
- Bring an addressed postcard and have your child write herself a note or draw a picture, then slide it through the mail slot. Tell her she'll see it again soon. Or bring two postcards, have her mail them to two relatives, and see which arrives first.
- If your post office is small enough and you're comfortable, send him off to investi-gate the designs on stamps displayed nearby. Tell him you'll want a report on his favorites.
An undersea post office was established in 1939 as part of a scientific facility on the seabed off the Bahamas. Mail was stamped with an oval postmark inscribed "SEAFLOOR/BAHAMAS."