Friday, July 22, 2011

Being neighborly


neigh·bor



–noun
 1.      a person who lives near another.

2.
a person or thing that is near another.
3.
one's fellow human being: to be generous toward one's less fortunate neighbors.
4.
a person who shows kindliness or helpfulness toward his or her fellow humans: to be a neighbor to someone in distress.
5.
(used as a term of address, especially as a friendly greeting to a stranger): Tell me, neighbor, which way to town?

(from dictionary.com)


neigh·bor·ly

  
–adjective
having or showing qualities befitting a neighbor friendly.

One of the things we have always really liked about Grandview Hills is that everyone has always been friendly. The neighbors are the #1 reason I recommend this neighborhood to people.

So what does it mean to be neighborly?

I've included some definitions from dictionary.com, but there's more than just being friendly. There's Matt helping Mary Alice shovel in the winter, and Kayla watching out for Mrs. Johnson, and Chris giving Jeff a ride to the auto shop, and Anne sharing the bounty of her garden. There are the folks who watch each other's houses over vacation, who check in if the paper isn't picked up in the morning. There are also the 'hellos' as we pass on the street, the offers of plants when we split them in the fall, the containers of cookies that appear after a baking marathon.

It means looking out for each other, getting to know each other, and respecting one another. It means little acts of kindness and, sometimes, tolerance. It means knowing the people you see each day.

I really like that we watch out for each other and help each other. That's something that is missing in other neighborhoods around the country where people live insular lives and don't get to know the person next door let alone the one two blocks away. I for one am grateful to truly live in a neighborhood.

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