Friday, May 30, 2014
Are you familiar with the classic Hitchcock movie Rear Window? It's about a photographer who breaks his leg (my fav Jimmy Stewart) and since he's basically immobile during his recovery he spends hours in his apartment looking through his lens at his neighbors, making observations and judgements about their lives from afar. He and his girlfriend uncover what they believe to be a murder, but it's all circumstantial evidence and so the thrill begins. There is one part of the movie where a neighbors dog is discovered dead. One of the dog's owners, a woman, starts ranting about her dead dog and who would want to kill an innocent dog and how people don't talk to each other anymore and people don't know their neighbors. Boy can I relate.
Tonight I was outside cleaning out the trunk of my car. There were a couple neighbors out across the street doing similar tasks like car cleaning, and lawn care. One neighbor we've talked to a few times over our 3 years here, but the other neighbor hasn't so much as returned a wave 3 years. As much as I love this house, I'm not super in love with the neighborhood. We like to go on walks as a family, but we're the only ones ever out walking. Yes there are neighbors who smile and wave, but there are a few who will not smile and will not wave even when being waved to. What? One of our next-door-neighbors is a very kind and friendly family who has watched our house and gotten our mail for us when we've been out of town and brought us cookies on occasion. When we had only lived here a matter of months they asked us to get their mail for us when they were going out of town. We happily obliged. The wife sad, "Yeah you guys are the neighbors we know the best." And they have lived here for 18 years!
I'm sad to be leaving our home, the great friends we have and the city of San Antonio, but I'm ready to burn rubber out of this neighborhood. Ok that's a little strong, but really... I'm ready for people to wave back to me when I wave to them. And in fact our new neighborhood in Cincy seems to be a really friendly, kids running around, everyone out walking their dog kind of neighborhood. It may seem funny to some people, but the neighborhood that I have considered our friendliest so far was in New York. I'm curious to know about your neighborhood--do you like it, tolerate it, want to move away from it? I have often wondered if there's anything we could have done to help people be more friendly and outgoing towards each other--like have a block party or something. Anyone ever turn a neighborhood around? Have you ever had a super horrible or a super great neighbor? Dish.