Monday, July 5, 2010

Wasn't That a Party!

Over this past weekend, something totally unexpected and highly unusual happened. Our new neighbors not only spoke to us, but invited us to a friendly neighborhood barbecue.

Now, to you this might not seem all that unlikely, but seeing how we've recently escaped Shantytown after 13 hellish years, I'm still shell-shocked and even slightly suspicious when people are so...well, nice.

The minute we moved into our new house, we were greeted with smiling faces and friendly waves, some folks even stopping by for introductions and welcomes.

There were even a couple of "Well, if you need anything, we're right down the street", which is a very neighborly thing to say, don't you think?

I mean  I know, and they know, that the chances of me actually ringing their doorbells "needing anything" will probably never happen, but after living suffering next to the riffraff from our old hood, I appreciated just hearing it.

So, when Sandra across the street casually mentioned that she was hosting a Canada Day shindig on Friday evening and that we should stop by, we took it with a grain of salt and politely said, sure, we'd try.

I never dreamed that part of the street would be shut down with pylons, kids playing soccer in the middle of the road, a row of barbecues lining Sandra's driveway. Enough wine and Coronas to rival an all-inclusive Mexican resort filling her garage.

And we certainly never expected 2 lovely neighbor ladies to come knocking; persuading us to join in the fun taking place right outside our door.

So, despite my usual shyness of new people and trepidation of taking part in such things, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and embrace it.

And though the music was ear-splittingly loud, and not the kind I usually listen to, and kids ran amok, people danced in the street, and fireworks went off like cannons all around us, we did meet some really cool folks of all ages and walks of life.

But the best part? In the moment of that crazy, unexpected evening, I finally felt like a part of a community. And I have to say it felt pretty awesome.

Ciaran's new favorite neighbor helping light his 1st sparkler

Ciaran & Mommy (unable to take a picture with open eyes - especially drunk)


Anonymous said...

AWESOME. That's the kind of neighbourhood that we all dream of!

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

mommybyday is right. That is so cool to find a neighborhood with people who really try to be a community. It looks like a great time. Awesome!

Meesh said...

That is great! Yay!!!

Anonymous said...

We've just moved into a neighborhood this past fall (well except for the university nerdy boys next door) like this. So much fun! I'm glad for you!

Cheryl said...

Awesome! Our neighborhood is just like that - and I HAVE knocked on doors looking for stuff like eggs when I'm halfway through a recipe and realize I don't have. So glad you found such a fun 'hood!

Bibliomama said...

So happy for you. We have awesome neighbours too -- and we have begged for/ dispensed everything from tomato sauce to red food colouring. It makes such a difference to your lifestyle to have a community like that.

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

Your new neighbourhood sounds like the stuff dreams or television programs are made of. I love it! I wish you could test drive a neighbourhood before moving in.

KLZ said...

I too could be won over by sparklers. Really that's all it takes to buy my hand in marriage.

The Mayor! said...

Nice!! Sadly, I take great advantage of my neighbours & their well stocked fridge...I think they hate me...

So glad you're settling in to the community!


My Momma Drama said...

Oh, that's so wonderful! We've only had one neighbor (right next to us) talk to us after moving in - and he's old. Old, old. So it's a given that he's going to bug us to death for the rest of our lives.

So happy you got to enjoy your neighborhood after moving away from Shantytown!

Pamela said...

Thanks ladies - it is such a nice change from Shantytown :P - now I understand why so many of you love your neighborhoods:)

My Momma Drama - sorry about your luck with the old guy - we had a really old lady next to us at the old place & she did bug the shit out of us. Always knocking on the door, complaining to us if one leave from our tree happened to blow over & land on her lawn. Hopefully your old guy won't be half as annoying as she was;)

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