The Ocracoke Post Office is, in many ways, our "town square." It is on a rare visit to the PO that I don't see a neighbor with whom I have some "business" to talk about. Today Barbara reminded me that we needed to share email addresses so she could send me a photo of this winter's Friday night music.
Sometimes stopping at the PO is an opportunity to catch up with friends and family (to find out who will be visiting next week, how long so-and-so will be gone on her latest trip, where to address a get-well card, etc.); at other times, meeting neighbors is a chance to share a story, or laugh about some antic someone did recently.
Of course, when you're in the Post Office it's a good idea to check out the bulletin board. Today I read about a fried chicken dinner at the Assembly of God church (March 20), a 4-H presentation at the Community Center (March 25), and the annual meeting of the Friends of the Library (March 30).
There were also notices of items for sale, rooms for rent, requests for rides to Norfolk, addresses of folks in health care facilities, information about the annual school plant sale, and much more.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of early twentieth century itinerant salesmen, entertainers, and preachers who found their way to the island. You can read it here.