Week #25 – Neighbors. Who were your childhood neighbors? Have you kept in touch with any of them? Do you feel the concept of “neighbors” has changed since then?
We lived on a dead end in Bridgeport with only one neighbor – Loreen Scheidler and her kids Ty and Heather. Kathleen was good friends with Heather and I had a mega-crush on Ty, who was much older than us. He used to sit on the back deck with his boombox and blast cassette tapes of Twisted Sister and Mötley Crüe in the early 1980’s. I have no idea what happened to them. When they moved on, a new family moved in with a young girl my age named Angie. We became friends for a few years until I moved away to Saginaw, but I never kept in touch with her either.
People these days are much less likely to know their neighbors than they were when I was growing up. At least, that’s how it seems to me. We know three of our neighbors today. I even took them Christmas cookies this year, which was a first in the ten years we’ve lived here. One of them sent their little daughter back to our house with a plate in return. People just don’t do that anymore. None of our neighbors have approached us for anything except a quick wave when passing them on the street.
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