I like to say money can’t buy good neighbors. Sure you can buy a nice house in a nice neighborhood, but you pay for the house and land not knowing your neighbors. Even if your have good neighbors, it may take time to build a relationship with them. Common interest help speed things up, perhaps you work for the same company, go to the same church, have mutual friends, or have children the same age. Kids really help speed things along because they see someone around their age and immediately want to play. So the question is asked, “Can I go play at their house?” or “Can they come in our house to play?” This requires you to make contact with your neighbors which usually ends up with you getting to know your neighbor.
Having good neighbors is what led me to send out an email to see if a few would be able to help move a swingset from one neighbor’s house to ours. Each offered back their schedules and said they would talk to another neighbor who wasn’t included on the email. When the time came to move the swingset we gathered and rounded up a few more neighbors who were just hanging out. In all six neighbors took the time out of their Sunday evening to lift a heavy swingset, carry it across the street, and help place it where our vandalized swingset had been. They didn’t ask for anything in return, they just acted neighborly. I hope to be able to return the favor to each one of them because that is what neighbors do. In the process all the kids came out to see the spectacle and I hope learned the lesson of being a good neighbor.
So thank you to my neighbors who helped or offered to help move the swingset, who gave us their swingset, or who put out the word that a swingset was available! Each and everyone defines what it means to be neighborly.