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Neighborly Chat – Try It

Are you one of those people who run hurriedly into the house/car/garage the minute you glance your neighbor next door?

It’s okay to admit your neighbor phobia because of course you’re not alone. But really do you think it would be that bad if you were to stop and talk for a minute?

I’m not being Mr. Rogers or anything but I happen to be married to a man who was not naturally the neighborly type. Before meeting me I think he believed neighbors were not of this world (or at least his).

Maybe he thought his hair might ignite if he spent 30 seconds talking to some of the people who live closest to us. Whatever it was, I got him out of it about 10 years ago and while he is no chatty Cathy he never ceases to amaze me with his knowledge of who moved in where and who’s getting work done on their house, etc.

The other morning he and I were sipping our coffee on the front porch when all of a sudden I heard “Hi C!”

I asked hubby who that was and he informed me that the voice was coming from our newest neighbor and it didn’t stop there. Hubby was able to tell me all sorts of interesting facts about our new neighbor’s love life and renovation plans (he’s engaged).

Even if you live on acres of land in a rural area, it’s still nice to have a neighbor in your vicinity to share a warm drink in the winter, or to call upon when you need a hand with something. City life and suburban life are truly better if you’re among acquaintances, instead of strangers. Don’t you agree?


  1. We live in a cul-de-sac and we all pretty much get along and chat when we see one another, I have always thought it is good to befriend your neighbors, if you can, they are the closest to you and you never know when you might need a cup of sugar, milk or a helping hand. Actually one of my neighbors has turned into a really great friend.

  2. My neighbors are wonderful and my family has become good friends with several.

    We will get together for dinner several time a month at each other’s houses or if one of us is going to the store we will ask a neighbor if they would like us to pick something up while we are out.

    These relationships have definitely enhanced out lives.

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