It is almost 12PM on a Saturday in the library, and time for me to join in Five Minute Friday. It is so nice to step away from the week and make my way here to write, read and be encouraged. Learn about and join in Five Minute Friday here.
Today’s word: Neighbor
When I was quite young, we lived in one of those dream neighborhoods-well a dream neighborhood for kids at least. We had lemonade stands, magic shows, neighborhood block parties, neighborhood water fights, and we definitely all played together. The adults all knew each other. We knew most of our neighbors and could count on them if our parents weren’t home from work or we needed a drink from their hose (can’t believe we did that back then).
Sometimes I wish I could go back there. I don’t really think the neighborhood is the same, but it was a great place at that time in life.
As a single mom, I lived in a pretty decent neighborhood. God blessed me with a very small attic apartment in an old Victorian three-family home. The first floor neighbors had three boys and one was born literally three days before my own son. They were fast friends growing up and again I got to be a part of back yard water fights, bubble blowing parties, and football games. Being a neighbor didn’t mean we were all best friends, but we were all there for each other. You handed over sugar or eggs when the need arose. You gave a ride to the airport when needed. You watched each other’s kids or even picked them up from school.
I had to leave that neighborhood though. A bad relationship was dangerous and we had to move across the country to get away for safety.
Cut 12 years later, I am happily married to the sweetest guy ever and we are praying for our new neighbors. We haven’t moved to our future neighborhood so it is all speculation on what it will be like. I’m hopeful though. We don’t expect we will find the exact neighborhood living that we may have had in the past, but I am thinking more and more that maybe we can get there…if we pray now as we search and if we start with us.
I really had no idea where this was going to go, but I guess because a home is at the forefront of my mind, I am just stuck on the waiting.
I look forward to reading your posts!