Monday, October 13, 2008

It's not Mr. Rogers' neighborhood, but I think it's pretty great!

I love my neighborhood.

The houses are alright, I guess, but our neighbors are what make our neighborhood great! I love my neighbors. All of them. Well, almost all of them. The ones with the dogs that bark at 10pm drive me a bit crazy.

A couple of weeks ago, I came home from running some errands and saw two of my neighbors out talking by the mailboxes. I waved, pulled into my garage, went inside and went about my merry business. About 10 minutes later I walked past the window and I noticed they were still out there talking.

Have I ever told you that I hate to be left out of something that looks like fun? Well I do.

I decided right then and there that MY mail needed checking, so I walked outside and joined them. We ended up chatting for almost an hour about everything under the sun!

One of the things we talked about that day was our love of oatmeal. The old-fashioned kind cooked on the stove with lots of brown sugar and cinnamon and raisins. NOT those goofy instant packets. We even decided that we needed to get together for an oatmeal breakfast some morning, and TODAY was the day!

I took the kids to school then walked across the street (in my slippers) and had coffee, fruit, and oatmeal with Monica and Heather. It was SO much fun! And we talked for way longer than half an hour this time!

After awhile, we decided to move our little party to the Bead Shop downtown where we spent the rest of the morning (and afternoon) talking and making jewelry. I'll have to post a pic of the necklace I made. I think it turned out very cute!

There are so many great families and couples in our neighborhood! We've lived here for five years and we've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the people around us.

We've shared 4th of July breakfasts and fireworks in the cul-de-sac. We've had block parties, kids craft nights, bike parades, Bunco, yard sales, and play groups. We "Boo" each other around Halloween and take pictures of each other's kids trick-or-treating. Summer finds us outside chatting on the sidewalk while our kids play and ride bikes. Winter finds us outside chatting while shoveling snow and building snowmen in our yards.

My neighbors are willing to watch our kids, our dog, lend us eggs or butter in a pinch, and get our mail and paper when we're out of town. I can call them night and day for almost anything (and believe me, I have!) and they know they can call us night and day for almost anything (and believe me, they have!)

We've seen lots of babies born (including two sets of twins), we've mourned the loss of pets, we've shared meals together, and we've laughed until we've cried.

I absolutely LOVE my neighbors because they're not just my neighbors, they're my friends! I know that not all neighbors and neighborhoods are like this which makes me all the more thankful for mine!


Teri H said...

It sounds like a great neighborhood! And that is definitely a treasure!

Puva said...

Wow that's really nice! I'm happy for you guys =)

Amy said...

What a blessing!

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

Our neighbors are sweet, too. We don't see them quite as much as you see yours tho!!

Becky said...

Our neighborhood is very similar to yours and we love it!

Elizabeth said...

What a blessing to have such great neighbors that you enjoy living around! That is just as things should be.

Tea with Tiffany said...

What a gift to have neighbors you call friends! I love hearing this. Especially in today's world, I feel like so many of us have lost the art of friendship face to face, neighbor door to neighbor door.

Happy for you.

I have a decent relationship with my neighbors, but nothing like yours. I've had that before and cherish those memories.

Tiffani said...

Oh wow, can I move in the neighborhood??? That sounds like SO much fun...I've never really experienced that anywhere I've lived!

Megan L Hutchings said...

What a great neighborhood for both you and your family ;)! It sounds like you always have tons of fun together and can count on one another through thick and thin!

leigh said...

That sounds so great. I bet ya'll have a blast.

Michele said...

Good neighbors are great. We had neighbors like that in old our old neighborhood (which I miss). We actually have 3 new neighbors in this neighborhood that I need to go over and meet. I just feel like I need to make some cookies or brownies or something to take to them before I introduce myself to them. Maybe it's a southern thing. So, since I haven't made the time to make something to carry to them, I haven't introduced myself to them - awful, I know!

Gretchen said...

We don't see our neighbors very much in the doldrums of Nov-March, with the exception of Christmas. It's nice to hang out by the mailbox, isn't it? I've had a crying daughter come to find me more than once, though because I forgot to tell the kids I was going to check the mail (ahem) and chat. :)

Our good neighbors are the reason we haven't moved from this location in 7 years. Right after we came here, my hubby needed back surgery. We have no family and had no real friends here, and yet somehow, these new neighbors all came together to care for my then 3 and 5 year olds, and make dinners for us. Also, the night I drove Big home, all manner of kids and grown ups were in the street with homemade welcome home signs. Brought tears to my eyes.

That oatmeal/craft session sounded fun!!!

Becca~CapturingSimpleJoys said...

Those sound like truly fantastic neighbors! I hate to say that other than a few words and an occasional wave high that's about all the contact I have with mine.

Jenn said...

How fun that you went over in your slippers with your coffee for an oatmeal party. I love that y'all just moved your party to the bead shop.

Our neighborhood is not so open. We talk occasionally but not enough to hang out together. I am planning to give small Christmas gifts (food) this year to try to open the lines of communication.

Fun post!

Rae said...

Wow! What fabulous neighbors! That is something I do not have here in New England. Typically you know the neighbors on each side of you and MAYBE the one or two across the street. The rest you see once a year on Halloween. I could go to my local grocery store and walk by a neighbor who lives two houses down from me and I would have no idea!

Angie @ Flibbertigibberish said...

Wow, Mer. That's really, really great. I'm jealous, I admit! That's how I imagined our neighborhood to be, but it's really not like that at all. Maybe I need to be the change that will make it that way... the whole introvert thing gets in the way of that though! But, your neighborhood sounds like mine was growing up in HR. We lived on a cul-de-sac and our neighbors were like family. I long for that now for my kids!

Stephanie @ My Answered Prayer said...

Sounds like the old Elaine Circle!!!! I miss it so much! I grew up in a neighborhood like that and miss it for my kids.

You're so lucking!!!!