Whether you live in the city, on a country road or nestled in the suburbs, we all share a commonality. We are all neighbors. Our lifestyles limit efforts to get acquainted to an occasional wave. National Good Neighbor Day, observed annually on September 28, reinstates the good neighbor policy.
School has commenced, the best days of autumn are upon us. It’s the perfect time for a meet-and-greet. And, yes, that means talking to your neighbors.
The block party is a popular option. Residents take to the streets mingling, sharing potluck and doing the Harlem Shuffle in the middle of the road.
Take this opportunity to organize a neighborhood watch, disaster plan and carpool. These are simple group efforts that will improve everyone’s quality of life and provide a sense of community.
On a smaller scale, lend a helping hand. Offer assistance to transport or pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor. Offer to walk a traveling neighbor’s dog or water the plants. Offer to keep an eye on a latchkey kid.
There was a time when this was common practice. But somewhere between the ‘me’ generation and the digital age, good old-fashioned communication disappeared.
Sure, folks might be too busy for morning coffee in their neighbors’ kitchens. But on National Good Neighbor Day, make time to communicate. Bring that comforting feeling of community back to your neighborhood.