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David K. Jacobs (screenplay)
Florence Doyle Putt (story)
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Every delivery day, 83 year-old Lethe waits at her mailbox for the mailman to arrive. Widowed at a young age... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Lethe Tatge ... Lethe Anderson

Rachel Jacobs ... Rachel Johnson
Rebbeca Glade ... Sharon Johnson
Alan Nash ... Mike the Mailman
Martha Henstrom ... Voice of Myra
Winkie Horman ... Voice of Susan

Directed by
David K. Jacobs 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David K. Jacobs  screenplay
Florence Doyle Putt  story

Produced by
David K. Jacobs .... producer
Original Music by
Merrill B. Jenson 
Cinematography by
Reed Smoot (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James W. Deardon 
Production Management
Karl Wesson .... production manager (as Karl E. Wesson)
Art Department
L. Grant Stoles .... set constructor
Sound Department
Donald W. Fisk .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
W. Grant Williams .... gaffer (as William Grant Williams)
Editorial Department
Robert M. Jensen .... assistant editor
Other crew
Chris Conkling .... story consultant
Rod Peterson .... story consultant
Yvonne Robertson .... script clerk (as Yvonne D. Robertson)
Claire Whitaker .... story consultant

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24 min
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Rachel Johnson:I'm cold. I'll think I'll go home.
Lethe Anderson:Alright darling I'll see you later sweetheart.
[Lethe kisses Rachel and she skips home. Lethe waits around by her mailbox. Finally a mail truck drives up and Mike honks the horn as he stops by Lethe]
Mike the Mailman:Hi Lethe.
Lethe Anderson:Hello Mike.
Mike the Mailman:You know. I've been your mailman for 10 years now and I've always wondered. What do you do with your time when the days I don't deliver?
Lethe Anderson:I'd hate to admit it because it makes me sound old. But you know not long ago I've stood here for the best part of an afternoon, before I realized it was Veterans Day.
[Lethe and Mike both laugh]
Mike the Mailman:I'm sorry. And I'm also sorry that the only thing I have for you is a utility bill.
[Mike gives the utility bill letter to Lethe]
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Loneliness is depressing, 18 October 2003
Author: mountain91 from Sandy, UT

Being lonely is one of the things I do not like. In this short film made by BYU, an elderly widow named Lethe who lives alone writes letters to her children, but no replies come. The neighbor girl who is played by Rachel Jacobs sees Lethe sometimes and has fun with Lethe. But she gets very lonely sometimes and talks to her deceased husband.

I feel that loneliness is very depressing and I have felt lonely a lot in my life and I can see the depression Lethe is put in when her children do not have contact with her. I feel it is important to maintain communication with all relatives because you never know when they will go. I recommend this film to everyone!

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