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Neighbors, Friendly or Not

Smile and wave to your neighbor, why you ask because it is the right thing to do!!!

Hello everyone, I'm writing this blog because I'm having a very hard time grasping the fact that times have changed and people are more and more unfriendly to each other. Growing up in a neighborhood were everyone waved to each other and people would watch your house when your were away on vacation, makes me wonder what happened why have things changed so. 

This past week I was working on my garden in the front yard, I waved to every neighbor who passed by and out of 10 only one person waved back.  Wow those sure odds I wouldn't play at the casino.  Why is a friendly wave so hard to do?  Neighbors are so very important to a neigborhood and I wouldn't have picked this one if that was the outcome I was to receive. 

I work in the industry of customer service so for me it's automatic to wave or smile, why are people so into themselves that they can't take 5 min to look around and be thankful they have a home a car and a neighborhood that 30 years ago would be a dream to many.  This world would be a better place if people just weren't so into themselves.  What an earth are they teaching their children.  I would hate to grow up 20 years from now.  Why can't neighbors walk over and talk to eachother, hang out have a beer together once in a while, why do they have to be so self absorbed that they stay to themselves. 

I'm not saying all neighborhood are like this but a lot now days, people move in and move out so quickly.  Smiling is contagious so I encourage people to smile at everyone you see, you will find yourself in a positive mood and positive things will happpen.  SMILE AND WAVE TO YOUR NEIGHBOR, why you ask because it the right thing to do!!!!!

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LoveOn May 17, 2012 at 12:45 PM
I agree... I do not live in a "neighborhood" but, have lived on the same street for 18 years and hardly know any of my neighbors. Since the River Road bridge has closed I have met a few more. One neighbor I have met recently brought up the idea of having a block party before the bridge opens again in October.
Becky Hane May 17, 2012 at 02:22 PM
My neighborhood is weird. Three years ago everyone pretty much knew everyone and we all smiled, waved, exchanged small talk, and some of us would have one another over for dinners, bonfires, get togethers. Since the economy tanked, many of those neighbors have since left, leaving us with either empty houses or neighbors who have no interest in socializing with anyone. Our fun neighborhood has turned into something like Swiss cheese... friendly neighbors who wave and exchange small talk here, outgoing neighbors that like to get together occasionally for fires and poker night there, the neighbors who glare at you for sitting in your driveway enjoying the day over there, and the neighbors who completely ignore your presence entirely there. It's so odd. My husband and I will be moving within the next year or two, and my hope is that it will be like you describe, Cheryl - neighbors who smile and wave, watch your house while you're away, and really understand the benefit and value to a "community".
Becky May 18, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I feel fortunate to have great neighbors. I did not meet many of them until my son started school but now I know almost all the neighbors on the block. We help each other with the kids after school and can always count on them to borrow a tool or egg. At any time my son can walk outside and find someone to play with. That is how I grew up and we auctually live in the same neighborhood, just around the corner.
Cheryl Knuth-Hayward May 18, 2012 at 02:52 AM
I'm so amazed and very happy that people do have great neighbors! my neighborhood is one of the most unfriendly group of people . If we could afford to we would move!
PEvans May 22, 2012 at 03:03 AM
It is win or lose... While I love my neighbors - The block I grew up on -the kids were friends and the parents were "acquaintances". I called my mom the other day and had to ask her if she had to deal with the same drama i have had to deal with - her response... no - because there was no Facebook where everyone knew everything about everyone else!!!

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