Last weekend, during our garage sale, we had the opportunity to meet our new neighbours. They had moved in just ten days before and, despite repeated reminders to myself, I still hadn’t gone over to meet them. The wife came over to make a few purchases and then returned again to buy some more things. My kind of customer!
Close to 10:30 in the morning, during a lull, she came over again to ask if we wanted a cup of coffee. Considering the freezing wind was cutting through my jacket, even though I was inside (!) I said yes, please. She brought over a cup and chatted for a few minutes before going back to her side of the fence.
The next day, Sunday, we were back to clean out the house. She came over just to see how we were going and to offer her moral support. Later in the afternoon, after Handsome had left to take a load of stuff to his parents’ house, I went outside to give the grass one last cut. As I started to get the mower going, my neighbour returned and said that she would mow the grass for me. She said that I had enough to do and her garden would still be there tomorrow. I should mention at this point that this woman is probably 60 years old. I realise that’s not old, but that is twice my age I nearly cried out of gratitude and I graciously handed over the mower to her.
I told Handsome later on that day that I wish our new neighbours had moved in a year ago! They would have been fantastic people to have around. This morning the girls and I dropped around some fresh-baked cookies as a thank you for all their help last week.
But this all has gotten me thinking. We had other equally nice neighbours, but for some reason we never did anything about it. We never really went out of our way to get to know them or anything. We smiled and said hello and we looked after their houses when they went on holiday, that sort of thing. But we didn’t really get to know them (except I know what kind of underwear they wear because I saw it hanging on the washing line day after day!). What a waste. Here we are, called to be salt and light in the world, and all we did was say hello.
I am determined to not make the same mistake again. I don’t want an opportunity to go by, something that I’ll regret for an eternity.