My neighbors across the street have been remodeling their house for the last few months, and it is turning out gorgeous. I stepped out on my porch a while ago and watched their TV for a few seconds - they have big picture windows all the way across the front of their house now and we now have a great view of their giant widescreen TV. I can almost see it flickering through the windows of my house, it's that big.
All kidding aside, and besides the fact that they let us watch their TV, I'm always struck by how lucky I am to have neighbors like this. They are quite possibly the best neighbors, anywhere, ever. I'm very lucky, let me tell you...
One day it had snowed 20 inches here in Louisville. I was coming home from work early in the morning, and GOT STUCK TRYING TO GET IN MY DRIVEWAY. It's been documented, I'm a bad driver - I had no idea how to get unstuck. I go back and forth, back and forth...suddenly I see a figure come up beside my car. It's Johnnie with his shovel. He's a hero! He digs, and digs, and digs...and finally I get out of the street and all is well.
I used to leave my headlights on all the time in my old car. Johnnie would come over, open my car door, and turn them off for me.
Johnnie's husband, Dwayne, is who my daughter goes to when she's fundraising. He always buys a ton of stuff from her, and says, "Whenever you're selling something like this, always come to us, we'll buy whatever it is".
One time I had a box sitting on my front porch. I wasn't home. Johnnie and Dwayne were. They saw a stranger come up to my porch, grab the box, and take off down the street. Johnnie (and please don't do this at home) takes off after the guy and confronts him a couple of blocks down. Johnnie: "I saw you take that from my neighbor's porch, I need it back!" The thief: "Oh, did they want this box?" Johnnie retrieved the box from the thief and kept it for safekeeping until we got home. I couldn't believe Johnnie did that, he could have been hurt! But he did it anyway.
The list goes on. I can only hope that I've been as good a neighbor to them as they've been to me. It's so comforting to know that they're there, watching over me... that's what being neighborly is all about.
We all need to watch out for each other like this.