Saying I have a flair for the dramatic is not an exaggeration. As a matter of fact, if you look up flair for dramatic, you may find a picture of none other than yours truly. I have been known to celebrate birthday weeks and months, decorate for fall as soon as August ends, get a little carried away with parties and play dates and put bows on my daughter that are bigger than her entire head.
That being said, I am not exaggerating or being dramatic when I say I have the VERY BEST neighbors in the world. They are all the things you hope for in neighbors and SO much more. They are kind, friendly, trustworthy, quiet, and maintain a beautiful home. They are also amazing friends.
My daughter has come to love them like family and she is not easily won over. Honestly, I don’t take to all people either. They are so easy to love. Each time my daughter sees them she bounds across the yard to tell them the latest news or to share her latest artwork. Miss Jean is often the first person she thinks of when something exciting is happening in her life. For a mom, watching this special bond is priceless. They have attended her ballet performances, plays, done fireworks with her, made snow angels, attended many a silly party that we have hosted and so much more. We are so very grateful to have been blessed with them as neighbors and now consider them as family. We truly adore them.
So… When we found out they were moving we were so very sad. I had a pit in my stomach for the rest of that day. It felt silly. People move…right? They aren’t even moving out of state, just across town. Yet the news left me feeling deeply sad.
Our church is currently doing a series on neighbors and I really love it. It has been enlightening and challenged me as a person. They have asked questions like “how well do you know your neighbors?”, “do you know the neighbors directly in front and in back of you?” and “how often do reach out to your neighbors?” It has challenged us to reach out in an unexpected way. I try to be a good neighbor and to know my neighbors but I could definitely do a better job. The relationship with our current neighbors was easy and fell into place. What about those that don’t fall into place easy? Should we just leave them as they are? This is a tough question that deserves an answer.
Since November is the month of gratitude then this is the perfect time step outside our comfort zones and set examples for our children. What does this look like? It looks like my current neighbors. They are selfless, they smile, they reach out and they lend a hand when no one is looking. They truly are amazing. I want to teach my kids to be that kind of neighbor, more importantly, that kind of person, someone who does kind things with a smile when no one is looking. We will be trying to be the kind of neighbors that no one wants to move and I encourage you to do the same. Imagine what that might look like if people all around the world just took a moment to do something kind or unexpected for a neighbor.
The “for sale” sign went up in my neighbors’ yard today. Although I am still sad to see them go, I am happy that they are following their dream and also excited to connect with new neighbors. I am grateful for everything I have learned from our amazing next-door neighbors. We will most definitely be keeping up with them, hopefully in more ways than I ever dreamed.