“You’ve Got Mail”
Small town southern post offices are a big change from the offices in the suburban Midwest. There is a certain level of charm that requires you to get rid of city expectations first to notice the benefits.
Here are some pros and cons I’ve noticed:
Delightful conversations and more of a personal experience. There’s an opportunity to become friends with postal workers as opposed to just being a random person in line. The small setting will more than likely result in you knowing each other by name. While you drop off your packages to mail, they may even just hand you your mail that was scheduled to be delivered that day.
Unconventional hours and never a quick visit. Since there are only a couple of people working there, the hours of operation typically depend on their personal schedules. Seeing “out to lunch” for two or three hours on the door is not uncommon in the middle of the workweek. Once you are in there, plan to be there for a while. No one is extremely time conscious. Don’t expect to just run in and out, block some time out of your day for the post office.