Leroy and I have had a lot of adjusting to do since we moved "to town" almost 5 years ago. Most of the change has been awesome (like going to and from the store in less than 15 minutes and the lower quantity of flies in the summer.) But we're still a little shocked by the lack of communication or contact with our neighbors. I truly expected neighbors to welcome us (maybe with a bundt cake.) But, it never happened. This is the 4th house we've lived in since we left the dairy and in that whole time (and in all of those different neighborhoods) there is only one family that welcomed us and checked in with us on a regular basis. Just when we got to be good friends, we had to leave. We moved away from them a year ago and I still miss them. Sometimes I wonder if we don't invest in our neighbors because we're not sure if we're going to stay. I'm looking forward to some permanence and establishing some relationships. Surely I'm not the only person on the block that feels this way.
There is a gentleman across the street that is moving out. We've never spoken, but I've watched him work in his yard and come and go for the last 12 months. It's odd to think that I'm a little sad to see him go, but I am. Maybe I'm just feeling sympathetic about the move. Been there. Done that... not looking forward to the next time. But I am determined to (eventually) connect with my neighbors wherever we end up. It's important part of making a permanent home. In the meantime, I'll include them in my prayers and look for opportunities to be neighborly.