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The Art of Meeting Neighbors

March 1, 2011

For many, the art of meeting neighbors has fallen by the way-side.  Sure, we may wave as we are driving down the street, but this is not the art of being neighborly.

Choose the neighbors on each side of your home and two across the street.  Of course, you will start with only one but repeat the process until you have met all four of your neighbors.

Start with just one neighbor and one special gift from you.  Homemade gifts are the greatest!  Walk out your front door and head straight for the neighbor you are not well acquainted with.  You want to be sure to select a convenient time to introduce yourself.  (People bearing gifts are usually welcome, at least to some degree).   Engage in normal small talk conversation.  Now and then as a slightly veiled question you will want to learn a little more.  You could say something like “Wow!  What do you think of the economy?”   You could be even more subtle with “My cousin Patty was laid off work last week, after 18 years at the factory.”
 
With this kind of gentle friendly conversation you will soon know some of the important information about your new friend; their politics, their hopes, and their fears.  By the end of this visit you will most likely have three neighbors instead of two.  The fourth neighbor is most important because you now have two groups of neighbors working on the same cause and you can now grow geometrically.  You no longer have a pair of neighbors but a group, and a variety of talents and value to offer each other.
 
Once the group is formed you are now part of what Neighbor By Neighbor is all about.

For more information on becoming neighborly Cindy and Michael have collaborated on an article at Sassy Condiments, click here.  

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