Dan and I have lived in our Condo for 2.5 years. There is one person in this entire complex of over 150 units that I know well enough to borrow an egg if need be. And the reason I know her is because she is in our ward. Yes, this is part my fault. Yes, it is partly because there is a high turnover rate(renters). Yes, there are a few sketchy people that I'm not so sure I would want to associate myself with. Yes, I am making up excuses. But yes, this is the truth.
So anyway...when the unit across the way from us went up for sale for the second time since we've lived here, I didn't count on meeting a new best friend. But after it sold and we saw the new owners in passing, I was rather relived as to who would be living there. They are a younger couple, no children, speak English, both work, and from what I know, friendly.
Well the months have passed and the communication with them went the same as with any of the other neighbors close by. If we passed them while walking from our door to the car we would say hello, but nothing too much more. So when I took them a plate of cookies yesterday I didn't get my hopes up that things would change immediately. I was just thinking that getting to know my neighbors a little better was probably a good thing. And I wanted them to feel comfortable enough to knock on my door if they ever felt the urge.
I think it worked. I think these neighbors will be more than just an awkward hello in passing. I could see myself taking them treats and loaning them my husbands screwdriver. Ya know, neighborly things. Why you ask? Because today these very neighbors brought us a vase of cute flowers to thank us for making them feel welcome.
If that doesn't make your day, I don't know what does. I love normal, nice neighbors!