For only the second time in memory, I will not be getting my 15 seconds of fame on the evening news. For many years, I have appeared on the news as I sat in line near midnight waiting to put my completed tax forms in the mailboxes at the downtown Post Office. There are two reasons I won’t be doing this tonight. The first is that the Post Office is not remaining open until midnight and the second is that I finished my taxes yesterday, a good 36 hours ahead of schedule. I liesurely strolled into the Mooresville Post Office and dropped the envelopes into the mail slot. It required 2.28 cents to mail both the Federal and State forms.
I dislike the tax system and my dear departed sister, who passed away last June, hated it even more. She always waited until the last minute to file. This year, my niece (and her daughter) did the forms for the last time. and my sister owed money to the state. Even in death, the forms had to be filed and as it turned out, my sister’s estate owed money to the state.
My niece wrote a check and slipped it into the envelope with the forms and walked out to the mailbox to get it mailed. As soon as she was outside, the wind picked up and snatched the envelope from her hands. She chased it down and eventually got it in the mailbox. She is convinced it was my sister that grabbed the envelope and took it away.
Knowing my sister, I can believe it.