We moved to California about five months ago now. Since we moved my older sister has asked, do you know your neighbors yet? She lives in a neighborhood, which I think is the exception, where they have regular block parties and get-togethers. They even have a block address book, that lists family members, who is available to baby sit, pet sit, that sort of thing. So after several months she was amazed that we still did not know any of our neighbors.
Last night we decided it was time. So for Family Night, we made some cookies (you can find the recipe here), loaded up the wagon and went to our neighbors' homes to introduce ourselves. Every time we have done this (we move a lot so we have done it before) I always come back to the same conclusion. People as a whole are good and kind. Everyone just gets to busy and caught up in the their own lives that they don't even notice those right next door. But all it takes is for one person or family to make the effort and just say hi. I truly think things would be a lot better if we knew each other a little more, had someone to watch out for us, someone to be accountable to.
So, to steal the words of a favorite childhood show, who are the people in your neighborhood?