The blessing of neighbors...
I live in a condo. There are 14 units connected and the same across the parking lot. It's a nice community and a real old fashioned neighborhood.
Many of the neighbors are older, but we have a few young families as well. "The ladies", as we call them, meet nearly every evening to visit - when it's nice they are outside and this time of year the gather inside, the whole neighborhood is welcome and many, including men, join in.
It's a neighborhood that checks on each other if you've not been "seen" lately. It's a neighborhood that watches the kids while mom runs an errand. Many of us knock and then "walk in" at eachothers doors. It's a neighborhood like I grew up in.
By just looking, you wouldn't think our condo neighborhood with the parking lot "yard" would have those great things, but we do. Of course, some neighbors don't participate in this level of community, and that's all right too.
So today, I'm thankful for my neighborhood and the neighbors who help me miss my family a little less. Thanks to Zoe and Ava for the movie & snuggles last night!
Becky Weber-Johnson lives in Janesville with her husband, Tim, and without their children who are away at college. She is an account executive at WCLO/WJVL and is the Saturday morning host on WCLO. She volunteers at her church, with the Optimist club and SpotLight On Kids. Becky is a community blogger and her opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.