A Nostalgic Man In Portland Revives A Small Town Tradition
If you ever know about milkmen, it is probably because you have seen them on TV, maybe on a children’s show, that’s a few decades old.
In Portland, however, an old hand decided he could not stay away and restarted his milk delivery business, two years after retiring. He explains that he just did not have other skills to bring elsewhere.
In his defense, Jimmy the Milkman is very good at what he does, and he goes through all the motions of delivery just like it was 50 years ago – and longer. If anything, his one concession was delivering more than milk, including juices, eggs, baked goods, and meat, as his customers would ask of him.
For Jimmy, it’s not about the money (he does lose out when some deliveries are turned down). He missed the people, above all else, talking to them, becoming a part of their lives as they are to him. Hopefully, Jimmy does not have to retire anytime soon.