Postal Service carriers in my neighborhood use green holding mailboxes to transfer mail to and from the post office. They sit bolted down at intervals along the sidewalk, with rounded tops like regular mailboxes. I learned the hard way a long time ago that despite their familiar appearance, they have no slot for mailing a letter. Now, they are just part of the landscape, with smooth green sides that must be so inviting to graffiti artists. A box near me now reads, in white writing along its perfect iron backside, “TRY TO BE A BETTER PERSON 🙂 :)” It’s been there for a few weeks now, and I wonder if it will be painted over soon. Is the crime the graffiti itself or the attempt to cover over someone’s well-intended message?