I've been been reading Karla's new blog. Karla is focused on giving back. She's always been like that (I know her parents are so pround of her!). Lately I've been thinking about what kinds of ways I can make a difference right where I am...small things on a daily basis. Mother Teresa said, "Lonliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible kind of poverty."
I have had some wonderful neighbors over the years. They baked pies for us, we loaned each other tools, and did an unofficial "neighborhood watch". One neighbor even left the doors open at night when Joe was working out of town, so that if I was afraid, I could come in with baby Michael and crash on their couch or spare bed. Many of our neighbors had kids our children's ages and they all played together, going from house to house, and we parents looked out for each other's kids. We sometimes babysat for each other too.
Soon I'll be moving to a new neighborhood, and I need to make sure I get to know my new neighbors. I know it will be good for me because I tend to hole up in my nest sometimes, but it might even be good for someone else. How about you? Do you know your neighbors?