By Dana Bailey
So many times in our life we have acquaintances and that is all they ever are…just people you know of, but not about. We watch others around us; how they live, how their children behave, how they react to others, but give little mind to who is watching us.
I became very aware of this recently when we moved away from a neighborhood we had lived in for more than 5 years. Word spread quickly on our street that we were moving and our family began to hear from others who had observed our family without us realizing it. It is quite scary to think about now.
I think I was a horrible neighbor. I didn’t know much more than my next door neighbors name. She was a very private person and I tried very hard to not invade her privacy. I didn’t even know the names of the people who were 2 doors up and the family across the street-we just waved each other. Many of my children, on the other hand, knew more than names, they knew about our neighbors. They knew where they went to church, how many times they had been married, how long they lived there, how often they wanted their grass cut and anything else they thought to ask. My kids were great neighbors. Our son’s cut the grass for many, our daughter babysat for several of the families, our younger sons would help out however they could. [Read more…]