Let's face it, life gets busy. There’s your job, your child's activities to schedule around, medical appointments, family events, daily grocery shopping. Whew! It's a wonder that we ever meet our neighbors. Carving out time get to know them can be tough.
However, you might be missing out on new friendships and the security of knowing the neighbors that could be looking out for you. We've compiled some suggestions that might make meeting them easier.
Everyone needs to relax at the end of a day of work or family activities. Take a look around the neighborhood and see if folks are hanging out on the front or back porch. Then, do the same. Chances are, if you make yourself visible, and available, your neighbors will stop by to say hello. Your early evening time might become a regular neighborhood gathering!
On a daily walk you will surely meet some folks, especially those with pets or children. Not only is a walk an ideal ice-breaker, it gives you some refreshing “me” time. You might meet someone with whom you can walk or jog regularly or your neighbors may have some suggestions about which are the best trails in town. A walk is a nice way to learn about people and interesting upcoming events in the neighborhood.
You could set a monthly goal to introduce yourself to one new neighbor. Bringing over a jar of homemade jam or some fresh-baked cookies as a simple hello is a friendly way to start. Be friendly, but not invasive; leave it to your neighbor to extend the conversation, or to invite you in. If they aren't home, leave your hello gift on the porch with a note of introduction. You'll find that people will respond warmly when you reach out.
A late afternoon open-house party is a fun idea. Keep it simple with crackers and cheese and a selection of wine, beer and soda. No need to set out an elaborate display – this gives you a chance to mingle and really get to know everyone. Ask those neighbors with whom you've connected to bring along another family from the neighborhood. Everyone loves a party!
If you have tips for getting to know your neighbors, we'd love to hear from you. Just jot them in the space below to share.
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