A-to-Z 2015 N is for Neighbors

Neighbors are almost like family. You really don’t get to choose them. Grandma always said the key to having good neighbors is to be a good neighbor.  Being a good neighbor means talking to them and listening. If they need (not want) something you have, offer it to them. Food, clothes, a roof over their heads if their’s is damaged are things you could offer. Grandma could sew and knit well even with her severe osteoarthritis.  She was always making clothes or repairing them for people.  If they could pay her,  But often they would barter.  Trading sewing or knitting for  a gallon of milk or some fresh vegetables.

Whately on neighbors.

Whately on neighbors.

16 thoughts on “A-to-Z 2015 N is for Neighbors

  1. Celine Jeanjean

    That quote from Whately is very true actually, I’d never thought about it like that. We don’t really know our neighbours – it’s not quite the same living in massive sky scrapers compared to living on a street where you can get to know the people you live next to.

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    1. shawn

      Yes, urban neighbors are different from suburban and rural neighbors. I’ve lived in all three and I still prefer the rural neighbors, although I did have some really good suburban neighbors when I lived in the Dallas area. Thanks for dropping by and sharing a thought with us.

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  2. Looking Out The Window

    My neighbors are closer than family in so many ways. I am geographically days from my bio family and my neighbors are who I spend my holidays with, call in a crisis and share my soul with. Nice N post.

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  3. luckyjc007

    We’ve been fortunate to have always had good neighbors..for the most part anyway. You can be a good neighbor, however, that doesn’t mean you will have a good neighbor. Some people are just impossible to deal with no matter how much you try to be a good neighbor. Allowing your dog to bark half the night…does not make a good neighbor.

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  4. Alex Hurst

    I am going to miss my neighbors so much when we move to Canada. They have been amazing people to live next door to. We have a bit of an omiyage (souvenir) war going on with them right now…. if we get them something, they immediately get us something, and then the cycle continues. It’s kind of amusing.

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    1. shawn

      It is nice that you have great neighbors. I believe that is Japanese custom to return the favor of a gift with another gift of equal value. Which I kinda like 🙂

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