Do you remember the old days? Or have you heard people talk about the old days when they knew their neighbors? Those were the days before technology took over our lives - back when things seemed simpler and slower. Neighbors got together and supported each other through the good and bad over a pot of coffee or a pot luck dinner. Need a stick of butter or some sugar? No problem!
Now it's..."Do you remember the name of the family across the street?" Forget about borrowing anything now-a-days, because you feel embarrassed to ask since you don't know them. It's kind of expected that you don't have time for your neighbors in today's society. You can get away with a simple "hi" or a wave once in a while and that's about it. It's a tragedy, because you often live around a group of great people with big hearts.
Getting to know our neighbors was a side-effect of a meeting we attended the other night. You've heard of it. It's called Neighborhood Watch. A group of neighbors got together to support each other in a time of increased crime. The meeting may have come from necessity, but it was a welcomed introduction to some neighbors we did not know who lived several doors down from us. We met with a deputy from the local sheriff's department, and he brought us all together, sharing some great information, and a pot luck dinner! Going forward, we'll be in touch with our neighbors regularly about whats going on around us. If we're out of town, we'll have more than one person keeping an eye out! And if we need a stick of butter or some sugar, we know where to go.
I highly recommend getting involved with neighborhood watch even if you don't have a crime issue. It's a great way to come together for a common cause. It makes your community a little smaller by knowing your neighbors. Here are a couple of links...National crime Prevention Council and USA on Watch. Also, contact your local sheriff to find out more about it in your area. Please comment below...