Back when I was a kid, neighbors were people you could count on - whether it was to feed your dog while you were on vacation or whether it was to let you borrow an egg or a garden tool. Neighbors are different today - sometimes we live for months, even years, in an area without knowing the names of our neighbors(much less without borrowing an egg or two. Moving into a new neighborhood, by definition, creates many opportunities for new neighbors. And new friends.
I think I have the best neighbors in the world. Dorothy next door is great to chat with when we are both in the yard working. Bill and Sue across the street are always friendly and helpful. Bill takes care of all our driveways in the winter with his snow blower.
Don and Marilou, also across the street is the source of local news and government gossip. He has friends in higher places and always has a great story. He is also helpful with whatever you need, like keeping an eye on our home when we are gone.
Last week my riding mower died. Don came over and tried to help get it running. It was a bigger problem than the two of us could solve. So Don drove up the street to a neighbor he knew would be willing to come over and look at it. As it turns out this neighbor Pete, who lives about 2 min for my house stopped by, suggested he load it onto his trailer and let him take it to his work shop and find the problem and fix it. He said for $70.00 he would clean, service and sharpen the blades for me. The commercial service I normally use charges $150.00 for the same service.
Pete found my problem in the matter of moments, the fuel pump was not working. So he took it with him, cleaned, service, sharpen the blades and replaced the fuel pump for $175.00. That was a deal for me and he is coming by this Tuesday to get my two walk behinds to service them. This work would have cost me almost twice.
So get out there and borrow an egg or two from your neighbor. While your at it get to know one another a little better. You'll be glad you did.
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