Jul 11 2012

Welcome Wagon

It took me 4 months to meet my neighbors so I was wondering if you could help me.  Does the welcome wagon still exist for new neighbors?  Is it harder to get to know your neighbors in this day and age?

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7/11/2012 3:00:17 PM
Amanda Gerodias United States
Amanda Gerodias
I actually just read something about this in an essay titled "Going Solo" for a sociology class I am taking. I can't find where the exact words are in the reading, but it said something about how in our culture now, we move so frequently that although your neighbors may not realize it, they don't expect to form a deep, strong relationship with you because either you or them may move again in the not too distant future. Therefore, less effort is being made to greet new neighbors. I moved into my home 2 years ago, and three of the households were very welcoming and approached us within the first week or two of us moving in. The rest of the neighborhood however I still do not know to this day. I try really hard to greet anyone new moving in though, so with one of my neighbor's homes empty and for sale, I hope to be welcoming someone soon.
7/11/2012 10:35:08 PM
Matt Baron United States
Matt Baron
It's as hard or as easy as we choose to make it...and as a parent, I feel an increasing responsibility to demonstrate to my children that it's not only "OK" to greet/meet people, but it's actually a very good thing to do, on so many levels. The biggest door-opener to a deeper connection: learning someone's name and using it enough times so that you can go beyond "hello" to a personalized greeting.
7/12/2012 6:37:23 AM
Caroline Bryant United States
Caroline Bryant
Yes, it is hard to meet neighbors. But you have to remember in your case you may seem like your kida untouchable. You have a certain celbrity/pastor quality since you are a DJ and on K-Love. OH by the way you are setting an example as to how Christians treat/approach neighbors. Not saying it is right just the way we are, afraid we will say or do something wrong in front of a Jesus person. As far as Welcome Wagons, I haven't heard of that in years. Need to bring it back. I heard Paul Harvey say one time there is a town that when you build a house you must have a front porch. Think about it that is where a lot of conversations take place and how neighbors felt welcome without intruding.
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