The Neighbor Challenge

Now that I’m a blogger about community, I am much more aware of my community-related experiences – or sometimes lack thereof. I’ve combed through all areas of my life, looking for stories to share or ways to enhance my everyday routine to make it more community-oriented.

It’s been a bit of a struggle!

After reading Rebecca’s post a few weeks ago, I was reminded of a similar experience and a call to action.

My husband and I have been getting quotes (lots of quotes) to have our paver patio redone. Over the summer, we’ve met with no less than ten landscapers! Most have been very nice and informative, some have been more like used car salesmen.

One of the used car salesman-type was not-so-subtly listing all the other jobs he did in the neighborhood and mentioned he did a raised bed for our neighbors two doors down. “What are their names?” he asked. I stared at him blankly. I have no idea.

We’ve met them once over the 3 years we’ve lived here.

Once! They even have 2 children somewhat close to my daughter’s age.

(I’ll add that the circumstances when we met weren’t even intentional. There was a house fire in the neighborhood and, unfortunately, nothing brings people out like an emergency.)

I got to thinking: only knowing two families on my street is pretty sad for someone who writes for a blog about community. I love meeting new people and serving others, so I am giving myself The Neighbor Challenge!

Over the next few months, I plan to put myself out there 
and not just meet, but really get to know my neighbors.

Maybe it will be the cliché plate of cookies or dinner invitation, or perhaps something more creative. Who knows! Suggestions are definitely welcome. Feel free to check in and keep me accountable, too! Hopefully, in a few months I’ll have made some headway and will have an update for you.

I’m excited!



4 comments on “The Neighbor Challenge

  1. Dad (Stephen Sands I) says:

    Good post Katie, go for it!!

  2. Rebecca says:

    Nice. Sometimes I feel like we have the opposite problem. We know our neighbors (ALL OF THEM) far too well. But we don’t know people outside of our neighborhood! Maybe I need a NotNeighbor Challenge.

  3. Rising says:

    Katie, My neighborhood has only 21 homes. I have lived here 7 years and I find my self in your boat (so to say). After reading your blog I am going to make a concerted (excuse the pun) effort to be a better and more aware neighbor! Thanks for teaching this old dog a new trick. BTW My old dog, Ben will be my helper in this endeavor!!

    • Katie says:

      I love that Ben will be your partner in crime!! Maybe I could borrow him, but then again, I have a pretty cute partner in crime, too! 🙂

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