Cue the Mr. Rogers music. You know the one. Who are the people in your neighborhood? (Sorry if that is stuck in your head all day long.)
We moved to the suburban area about 4 years ago. Our view consists of the typical houses, gardens, and trees. Then, there are our neighbors. These are the people who are friends and have also become like family.
You know, anytime you get those kind of people together, fun stuff will happen. Take it from me, the one who can be known to walk around with a stroller that has a bar underneath it. Hey, at least I share. I bring red solo cups for everyone I meet.
It’s not only the drink options that connect us.
We have a lot in common. Turns out we have many of the same issues going on. Concerns about kids, schools, work, relationships, and what food places deliver to our area. Okay, I admit, that last one is mostly me but you get the idea. When you are at this stage in life, you want to know you are not alone and there are people to depend on. We have been fortunate enough to find that.
We are originally from New York and that’s where my husband’s family and mine live. There have been times we have not been able to get to them for the holidays. Our friends here made sure we had places set at their tables. They have even invited us back after our kids have made a mess/meltdown/some crazy comment. In turn, we hosted some of our own. You can’t beat having friends look out for you like that. Also they decorate better than us so there is that. We get some of our best holiday photos in their houses.
Our kids are growing up and playing together. We are finally at that point where the kids can play at other houses without mom or dad necessarily being there. (Okay, so maybe not all of the very little ones are at that point but am hoping after someone reads this, they want my crazy 19 month old to visit for an hour so I can stop chasing after her.) The kids are learning how to play together and solve problems that come up. They are building friendships that I hope will make them better people. There is also the added bonus of having older children in the mix. All of these mommies helpers/babysitters are great entertainers for the very little ones which gives us parents a much needed break!
Big events can happen here too…
Take the chili cook off last fall for example. Shit got real between two streets competing for the best. I am not sure how this even started but it got very intense. There was a lot of smack talk going on. We had it outside where the kids played games and the adults got to catch up with each other. There were appointed judges and lots of taste testing. Plus you know beer goes with all of this. I don’t even like chili so that part didn’t do much for me. Huge fan of the corn chips that seemed to go with everything though. Good times! I may start a brownie cook off at some point so that I can play judge this time. Better yet, maybe a singing contest! My friends can drink so they would never even know how off key and awful I am!
In the winter, we all go sledding down the black ice that seems to take over North Carolina at times. It’s fun to watch the kids and even the adults go down that fast street. The wipe outs were fun to watch until my 3 year old at the time did a crazy flip over that had this mommy kind of alarmed. That alone called for spiked hot chocolate when we went back inside.
Even the typical stuff can get fun.There are cook outs, birthday parties, and just Taco Tuesdays sometimes. Who knew so many people in the suburbs have extra storage for food and drinks? We needed this when living in the city. It is always great when you can just sit around, drink, and hang out.
On a more serious note, one of the absolute best things about this place is that the parents let their daughters become girl scouts. Do you know how many come knocking on my door during girl scout cookie season? It is truly amazing and me being the good neighbor that I am, cannot say no to them.
Due to my sacrifice of eating the cookies for everyone, I can’t tell you very much what life at our neighborhood pool is like. I am still searching for the suit that fits…
These fun and crazy people have become such a huge part of our lives. We are so appreciative of good friends. They are never easy to find in one place, are they?
It really is like hitting the jackpot with a wine glass in hand.
Now if we could just get a karaoke machine on the block…
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