Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Am I a good neighbor?

What does it mean to be a good neighbor? We're not in the 1950s anymore, so I have to abandon the June Cleaver image in favor of...what? My guess is, it varies widely from neighborhood to neighborhood. So, let me tell you a little bit about where I live.

It's a medium sized house in a medium priced neighborhood. Built in the 1980s, it's not terribly old, nor terribly new. My neighbors speak Spanish, and English, and possibly Korean. I don't know them very well.

The question is - should I? Is the "leave well enough alone" policy that more and more Americans seem to have adopted the best idea? I submit that it is not. I submit that we have something to learn from June Cleaver, and that in this age of LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, we need to rediscover talking through the back fence, sharing lawn tools and block parties. And who knows, maybe the guy over at #1056 will friend you on Facebook or follow your tweets. I think the merging of the two could be a great improver of our lives.

Let's get physical AND virtual!

1 comment:

  1. I recommend that you bake up several plates of cookies, then take them to your neighbors.

    Once you have found someone pretty sympatico, you can plan a block party together. (Labor Day would be about right - if you start now.)