Life as a Sundae
Do you like ice cream sundaes? Okay, you may prefer gelato or frozen yogurt, but work with us on this. We use the ice cream sundae metaphor to help show what neighborliness looks like. We hope you’ll see why we believe that everyone can be a good neighbor and help build a better neighborhood. What’s more, you need not break a sweat in doing so.
When we’re talking about a sundae we have in mind the kind of frozen concoction made in a bowl surrounded by our favorite toppings. Perhaps your favorite kind is the all-American hot fudge sundae featuring your go-to ice cream and topped with toasted pecans and then smothered in whipped cream.
Or perhaps your favorite sundae is a regional variety like the one popular in Vermont. The Leaf Peeper Sundae is named in honor of the tens of thousands of visitors who go there to enjoy the autumn leaves on display every year. This sundae features a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of a hot apple cider donut with Vermont maple syrup drizzled all over it.
Sundaes are sometimes shared with a loved one — if he or she knows how to take turns. And some people just don’t consider a sundae complete without a fresh cherry or berry as a garnish.
At Neighborly Town, we like to think of life as an ice cream sundae. The ice cream part stands for our faith, what most of us consider the foundation of our lives. Next, comes our family as the topping, followed by our friends as the whipped cream of life. Lastly, our neighbors represent the nuts and fruit garnish on top. While fruits and nuts may or may not describe your neighbors, we use this metaphor simply to illustrate that they can be an important and enjoyable part of your life.
Think about it. Almost everyone has two or more neighbors. Some of us are blessed with dozens. They live closer than relatives (in most cases) and in the event of a disaster may be the first to lend a helping hand. And yet, most of us don’t give our neighbors much thought unless we have a complaint about a loud party that runs way past decent hours or grimace with every glance at the awful color of the house at the end of the block.
Of course, nowadays most of us visit various social media “neighborhoods” but we’re not talking about that type any more than most of us consider neighboring countries as our “neighbors.” Instead, we talking about the people who live in closest proximity to us.