Ian Napton, parcel delivery driver, called so often at one house that he’s now been invited to join the family for Xmas dinner.
“I was really flattered to be asked. Most of the time I catch people in the bath, on the toilet or I leave parcels with the neighbours just to annoy them, but something really clicked with the Jackson family.”
The Jackson’s are regular internet shoppers and got to know Ian through his daily visits and over time they got to know each other a little better.
“When you visit one house regularly enough you pick up on little dramas. Perhaps someone opens the door wearing a dressing gown in the middle of the day, you see the daughter’s boy-friend climbing out the back window, maybe there’s a collection of wine bottles in the recycling box or repeated deliveries from Anne Summers. You get a picture, gradually you exchange a few words and start sharing confidences.” explained Ian.
David Jackson explained, “We were sitting down to write Xmas cards and my wife said, what about sending one to Ian? As we discussed it, we realised he’d become part of the family, so it seemed entirely reasonable to invite him to be part of Xmas. We’d all ordered stuff we didn’t want just so he’d call. Even the dog likes him.”
Ian said, “I see what I do as being a form of therapy. Because they only see me for a short period and I’m relatively anonymous, they feel comfortable opening up about what’s bothering them. I’d never break a confidence, its part of the delivery drivers code.”