I had to smile when I read a comment on my post about the impromptu porch party about us having a friendly neighborhood. I'm sure the people that live around us are very nice, though we haven't met anyone new. The neighbors who stopped by last week are acquaintances of ours who work at the college.
I've been kind of surprised that no one has introduced themselves, especially since this is a small town in the rural Midwest. Am I naive or old-fashioned to think that this is a kind and reasonable gesture?
After living on campus for so long, where our neighbors were close friends and colleagues, this is a new ball game, despite our close proximity to our former home.
Don't get me wrong--I don't expect a red carpet to be laid out on our driveway, nor am I exempting myself from neighborly responsibility. I'm just wondering what that "responsibility" is. I mentioned to Eric that maybe we could host an ice cream social later this summer for the people on our block, so we'll see what happens with that. And of course my sister is an excellent model for reaching out to neighbors!
I'd be interested to hear from you--do you reach out to your neighbors or vice versa? What are some ways you've been a friendly neighbor to someone else, or how has a neighbor done something thoughtful for you?
Note: I had to laugh when I saw Amy's post on this very topic on Friday, as I had already written this post so it would be ready to go. She and I are often on the same wavelength!