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I’ve still got neighbors on the brain.  Do you think that we, as a society, have forgotten how to be neighborly?  Is it a basic life skill that our generation didn’t learn?

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      Marya1961 wrote Apr 26, 2012
    • Yes, many people have forgotten how to just be polite...since I moved here to the outskirts of the city, it shocks me how many people are just plain rude and rarely say hello.  Will it kill them to at least just give a nod?  Will it kill them to clean up their messes?  Will it kill them to not let their dog crap in front of someone’s house and then not pick it up?  This is a tough topic for me, T!




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      Tuliplady wrote Apr 26, 2012
    • I was thinking about this earlier today.  The older ladies in this community welcomed me with open arms when I moved here.  My next door neighbor made us a wedding present even though she barely knew us.  My own generation?  Nope, it’s taken me 10 years to get to know them very well.




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      Marya1961 wrote Apr 26, 2012
    • That is wonderful that you were welcomed in that way. When we moved here, I made it a point to get to know as many people as I could.  It actually took most of the neighbors time to warm up to me, not that I am a difficult person, but everyone seems leery of the new people, no one wants to take the time.  

      It would have been nice to have been welcomed with a Bundt cake or something.  I have told myself that if anyone new moves on our block, it is my duty to be neighborly.




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      Diane17 wrote Apr 26, 2012
    • When we were living on the mountain, we were welcomed by various neighbors.  I think some of them bought food, cards, etc.

      When we moved here to Northern VA, other than people introducing themselves, that was it.

      But that doesn’t really bother me.  When I was growning up, we barely knew our neighbors too.  I guess I’m used to it.




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      Brimstone1968 wrote Apr 26, 2012
    • When we moved into our neighbourhood we went and introduced ourselves to the neighbours and we got hand shakes, when we had an addition to our neighbourhood I took them a plant.  People are very much into themselves in these times.




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 27, 2012
    • You bring up a good point. Remember the welcome wagon? I miss those days when people made a point to get to know their neighbors. I agree that all that seems to have gone by the wayside.




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      Tuliplady wrote Apr 27, 2012
    • And I think now, more than ever we NEED community.

      I wholeheartedly believe the old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.”   I don’t think we’d have so many youth at risk if there was more sense of community and neighbors looking out for neighbors.




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      Marya1961 wrote Apr 27, 2012
    • I think it also has to do with the region you live in, if it is in or near a big city, a small town, etc.

      Being raised in a smaller city where we knew everyone for blocks and blocks really made a difference.  My hub being raised in Philadelphia only knew people on his immediate block because there are so many people.

      If I had the chance, a small town would be my choice!happy




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      Tuliplady wrote Apr 27, 2012
    • Even knowing the people on your block is a start though, but so many people don’t anymore.




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      Marya1961 wrote Apr 27, 2012
    • Residents move in and out at faster rates these days.  We had one nice couple that lived down the street and they were only living here for six years, had two young kids and they are gone already and their house is on the market.  It does make me sad sometimes as the great people move away and the “duds” stick around for years.frown




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      Virgogoldp wrote May 11, 2012
    • Time has changed people, neighborhoods and being neighborly. When I was coming up every family household on either side of the block knew me and my family and I knew them. The man at our neighborhood store knew my family. They knew us at one of the movie theaters and one of the big department stores downtown. I could go to the department store with a note from my Aunt to buy clothing with her credit card. Can’t do that now, no matter who you know or who knows you.

      Now we must be careful who we befriend. You can almost never let your guard down. That to me is so, so sad.




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