I am joining the Five Minute Friday community this week. If you’re unfamiliar with them, check it out! It is a supportive, friendly writing Link-up that happens each week on Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes without editing or censoring yourself. Let’s do this!
The prompt this week is “Neighbor” – here goes…
Neighbors are everywhere nowadays. We have the traditional next-door neighbors, but we also have online “neighbors” who are near our space online, even if not in person. But, neighbor means more than physical or virtual nearness. To me, neighbor means someone who is willing to help, provides a friendly smile, chats with you when you are out cleaning out your car (this happened to me this morning). They are those individuals who play a “supporting role” in the drama that is your life. We don’t necessarily hang out with them often (although some do have neighbors like this). We don’t think of them as the first ones to call in an emergency (although again, some do have neighbors like this). But we do depend on them to keep a look out, to let us know if things are going wrong (like when our neighbor let us know their backyard was flooding daily due to a leaky sprinkler we had no idea was in our backyard), to keep an eye on our kids when they are out playing, etc.
I have always wanted to live in one of those neighborhoods where everyone knows each other and has block parties. But, I also like having some anonymity in my home space. Neighbors can be like family. Everyone wants a close knit family until it starts getting itchy from the close-knittedness. I would like to have a closer relationship with some of my neighbors. At least know them by name, etc. So, I may try to make getting to know my neighbors a bit more a goal for this Fall.
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That’s it. Five minutes. Writing without judgment. Enjoy!