My parents recently moved from a home they lived in for 21 years. They listed their home twice. It’s a beautiful country estate they completely remodeled and lovingly cared for along the way. However, the realtor cautioned that some of its unique qualities might not appeal to the majority of the prospective buyers. This proved to be the case. However, during their pre-listing discussion, they also made a point to tell the realtor about their neighbors and how close the microhood had become—some of the relationships spanned three generations.
Come to find out, the couple who bought my parent’s home considered many things about it, including what they had learned about the neighborhood. They wanted this quality of life for themselves, their children, and their eventual grandchildren.
But the story doesn’t end there. Once word got out that my parents had sold their home, a neighborhood party was planned to bid them farewell. The buyers of mom and dad’s home were also invited. The neighbors spent hours together sharing good food and good company while the newest among them began to reap the benefits of a friendly and close-knit microhood.
As for my mom and dad, they were gratified to hear that they were invited back to the neighborhood for future get-togethers.
Their experiences are not unique, but they offer proof that you can make many wonderful memories while simply being a good neighbor and helping to build a good neighborhood. Some of the memories made with neighbors during my childhood years are priceless.
Which will it be for you? Will you choose to be a part of a neighborhood of mostly strangers who happen to live near one another? Or will yours be one in which most, if not all, neighbors know and appreciate one another beyond an occasional hello across the way? If you choose the latter option then you can count on us to help with some ideas and inspiration along the way.
This is an excerpt from Beyond Stereotypes, How to Be Neighborly.
About the Author: Mackenzie Garcia is the Acting Executive Director and Co-Founder of Neighborly Town. At Neighborly Town, Mac puts her writing and business experience to work for the benefit of communities nationwide.