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You may then consider this your friendly neighborhood reminder – March 25th is Neighbor Day. While you do not necessarily need a specially designated day to be a good neighbor, nor do you have to physically live right next to them to still consider them your neighbor (yes I am talking to you Neighbor-Lady-Who-Is-Still-Hibernating, “Hello”), a reminder does not hurt either.
Being a good neighbor is not the same as being a nosey neighbor. How are they different? Here are some examples:
- Did you see that Bob was in the paper again? Yup, got arrested. Poor Betsy, what is she going to do now? tsk tsk Nosey Neighbor
- Did you see that Bob was in the paper again? I am going to take Betsy some diner and see if she might need someone to talk to. Good Neighbor
- “There are those kids again, running around in the middle of the street. Don’t they have better sense than that? Their mother really needs to step up and parent those kids, being that it is just her after all…I wonder if she has found a job yet? Probably not. I think I will run and take her this week’s classifieds, see if has heard from their father recently.” Nosey Neighbor
- “There are those kids again, running in the middle of the street.” Goes outside and speaks to the kids, comes back inside for some apples and water, takes them out to the kids and plays on the stoop till mom comes back from work. Finds out mom is currently working two jobs with no child support. Talks to mom about letting the kids play in her/his yard after school and possibly start on homework till she gets home. Good Neighbor
- Sees elementary aged kids running around outside with no adult supervision. Sits on porch watching the kids for almost an hour with no adult in sight. Calls police “out of concern”. Nosey Neighbor
- Sees elementary aged kids running around outside with no adult supervision. Sits on porch watching the kids for almost an hour with no adult in sight. Goes and knocks on neighbor’s door. Sees neighbor inside slowly get up from chair by window. Once the door is open the cast on the foot is exceedingly obvious. Good Neighbor
While the line between Nosey Neighbor and Good Neighbor can be a fine one, most of us know the difference, if we are being honest with ourselves.
But what about those times when you are not sure how to help? Or when the problem seems bigger than what solely one person is able to accomplish? What can one person do in those situation?
A little over a year ago I reviewed Make It Zero: the movement to safeguard every child by Mary Frances Bowley. Here is a bit of what I wrote at that time:
“Make It Zero is not about children only. It actually began by talking about adults, parents, and teenagers, not exactly who one thinks of when talking about the children in our society. However, by the end of the second chapter I was starting to understand. Safeguarding the children means giving them a good foundation. That foundation is the parent/s in their lives. If the parent is struggling, the children will struggle.”
This week, I am going to be giving one of you a chance to read this book for yourself. Here is how it works:
- Leave a comment on another blog post. It needs to be relevant to the topic of that post. As cute as your Yorkie may be while trying to jump through snow, telling me that on a post about starting seeds is not the place. 🙂
- Come back here, leaving a comment telling me where you left your first comment. (The post title will be sufficient.) Please make sure you leave your email address somewhere, either in the comment or as part of your login.
- You will need to do this by midnight ET on Thursday, March 22, 2018.
- I will randomly select a comment and contact the winner. You will have 24 hours to respond.
Open only to U.S. addresses.
Now, if you would like to share a picture of your Yorkie jumping through snow, I am not opposed to such. Feel free to send me an email with a photo. Who knows, it might just make it onto the blog for all to ooh and ahh over!