Whether city, country or suburbs, we all share a commonality. We are all neighbors. Most lifestyles, limit our 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 our 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 simple group efforts improve everyone’s quality of life and provide a sense of community.
On a smaller scale, lend a helping hand. Reach out to an elderly neighbor. Offer to walk your traveling neighbor’s dog or water the plants. 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.
We might be too busy for morning coffee and chats in our neighbors’ kitchens. But on National Good Neighbor Day, let us make time to communicate, and bring that comforting feeling of community back to our neighborhoods.