Neighborly Acts

J and I have been sitting having a lazy Sunday evening, and a few moments ago, there was a knock at the door. We both looked at each other with this WTF? look on our faces. Who could possibly be knocking on our door?

 I went to the door and peered out the peephole to see our next-door neghbor, so I opened the door, and he handed me a plate of lovely assorted baked goods. Apparently his teenaged daughter went on a baking spree last night, and they thought they should give some to us to welcome us.

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I have never in my life been given a plate of cookies or brownies or any other goodies when moving into a new home. Hell, the last place J and I moved into, the neighbors promptly pulled down the tailgates of their giant trucks and popped open some beers to watch the crazy lesbians mow their lawn. One woman across the street smiled broadly upon learning we were finally moving out after seven years. It’s not that we were bad neighbors; we just weren’t gun-toting, duck-shooting, flag-waving hicks like they were. We were freaky queer folk. So no, they didn’t bring us cookies.

 But here, this man and his daughter who share walls with us thought about us, welcomed us, and made us feel like we’re finally home.

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7 responses to “Neighborly Acts

  1. That’s so nice. We moved from the city, where we didn’t know any of our neighbors to a great neighborhood in the country. We love our neighbors and they love us. Except that it is expensive when all the kids are doing their school fundraisers and come knocking on the door. 🙂 Enjoy the neighborhood.

  2. vee

    Ah, that’s sweet of them. I’m relieved to discover the goods on the plate were all sweet things – looked a bit like onion bhajis and falafel with the cake and meringues!

    Our new countryside neighbours are much lovlier and friendlier than our old city ones too and it makes such a difference!

  3. how sweet! & yum- they all look so good!
    xo

  4. jay

    Ahh lovely! That’s so cool.

  5. Nice neighbors indeed. I love your recount of the last neighbors. Sounds a lot like our neighbor nightmares here in Idaho. Glad you got some sweet ones this time!

  6. That looks yummy!

    I love when people surprise me like that:)

  7. Good thing your new neighbors understand how us freaky queers like our baked goods.

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