Post # 1
Are you close to your neighbours?
Growing up, they were almost like extended family. They were babysitters and I babysat their kids, they were a safe place to go if someone got hurt on the playground, we spent holidays together, when a relative died people brought over dinners.
I don’t have that now, but I’m renting and there’s fairly high turnover and not many people around my age. I hope to have that eventually, but it seems to be less common.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
Growing up I had neighbors who had a daughter my age. She was a year younger than me and while we weren’t best friends or anything she is someone I am still in contact with. I say hi to her parents when I see them and in 2008 a tornado destroyed our town including my parents house. I was there with my 2 younger kids and we lost everything, their neighbors house was still standing (oddly) and let us use a wagon and some blankets for my 3 year old twins to sit in until we could figure out what to do.
The house I lived in before I met my Fiance I had a neighbor who was a single dad with 2 girls my kids ages. They would play and he and I would sit in the front yard and talk. No romance between us but just a really nice guy.
Where we live now we have a couple that lives in the next house down that we are close with. We hang out now and then. I’m definitely going to miss them when we move next week but we’ll get together now and then I’m sure.
Post # 4
when i was a kid, our neighborhood was like a little community. we all knew each other and all of us kids played together. now, Darling Husband and i live in an apartment but it’s located in a neighborhood with almost all single family houses. we’re friendly with the neighbors in the houses but don’t really know them. we’re acquaintances with some of our neighbors in our building but i wouldn’t say friends (we don’t hang out). i miss that community feeling. we do get more of it in our current location than we did when we lived in san francisco though.
Post # 5
No, we’re friendly but not friends.
Post # 6
When I was growing up we had neighbors we were pretty close to. Didn’t spend holidays together or anything, but maybe some BBQs and that sort of thing. In college we were friends with some of our townhouse neighbors in a let’s go the bar or come to our party type of way. Recently it’s just been friendly, but not friends.
Post # 7
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@AB Bride: Growing up our neighbors kids were the same age as me so we were friendly, definitley not like family.
Now that Darling Husband and I have our own home, I’m still friendlier with my parents neighbors than with ours! Maybe once we’ve lived there awhile longer? I’m not against it, there both nice but everyone in my neighborhood watches out for each other while keeping to themselves it seems.
Post # 8
My neightborhood growing up was pretty tight. My mom became best friends with a few of the neighbors and all the kids played together. As an adult, I don’t interact with any of my neighbors in my apartment complex. I will probably make a little more effort when I’m in a house or even just somewhere we plan on being for a while. I think kids helps bond neighbors IMO and being childfree by choice, I’m not outside watching my kids play while chatting with the neighbors…though I have met one or two while walking my pup =)
Post # 9
While renting we were rarely close with our neighbors. We had one couple that would watch our dogs for us and we would watch their chickens but we didn’t hang out or anything other than a quick conversation in the front yard.
Growing up our neighbors were fairly close and the parents would do coffee sometimes but still not like family.
Now we own our own home and the people across the street are like family and we also have some wonderful friends throughout the neighborhood. There are people that keep to themselves, there are people that really only socialize at large gatherings (we try to invite our entire neighborhood to our parties and stuff) and there are people that get together on a regular basis. Things change quite a bit when you own.
Post # 10
We were good friends with the neighbors when growing up (both the adults and the kids). I don’t really have that with my neighbors now that I’m an adult though (but I wish I did).
Post # 11
I guess I’ll just have to hope that when we move the neighbours will feel the same as us! I’m a little sad that this is the new trend. Some of my parents’ friends were their neighbours before I was born and they were invited to my wedding even though I never lived near them!
Post # 12
Never, wouldn’t recognize my next door neighbors if I saw them at the store. Growing up, my parents would talk about them but I don’t think I ever met any of them.