>> Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Our home is on the end of a multiplex of 4 units. We really wound up with a great spot. We're right next to a lot of pine trees, our porch is bigger than the other 3, and we get more windows than if we were one of the 2 middle units.
Anyway, that's beside the point of this post.
Our only neighbors have always been interesting. They have 3 rough vehicles that they park everywhere, including very near our driveway (sometimes making it a pain to back out) and in front of our yard. They also always have a ton of trash, and they keep the can where we get to smell it every time we're in our driveway. Of course, I know none of this is terribly awful and we could have worse neighbors. They're simply annoyances.
So when I noticed the moving truck (blocking us in our driveway) Friday morning, I got kind of excited! I'd love to have neighbors whom I want to be friends with, and might possibly have little girls for the girls to play with! And I certainly wouldn't miss our current neighbors.
Well, fast forward to that afternoon when I wanted to take the girls to the store.
I tried to unlock the car, but it wasn't working. I figured the key battery must've died. So I unlocked the driver door and tried unlocking the rest of the car. Nope. Tried turning it on. Nothing. It was dead! Of course the car would die when Ben is out of town.
After all my thoughts about our neighbors and being excited they were leaving, it turns out I needed them. Those rough vehicles they have? The husband was always working on them. I knew he'd be able to jump our car.
I rang their doorbell and asked for their help, and they were happy to help me. In the midst of the craziness of packing and moving, they were happy to help me.
Turns out, they're actually quite nice. I had never given them a chance, really. We said the courteous "Hi" whenever we crossed paths, but I never considered becoming friends. A humbling moment for me, for sure. Made me want to make sure I give our new neighbors more of a chance. Even if they don't have children my girls' ages. Even if they do annoying neighbor-y things. They could be awesome neighbors, and even friends, if I give them a chance.
So here's to our new neighbors (whenever they arrive) and not leaving lights on in the car anymore!