I was living in Toronto and longing for the sense of community and neighbourly friendliness I had grown up with. So I made it my personal mission to get to know my neighbors. I had been at the same residence for several years and knew only one gentleman’s name.
Four years went by, and after countless failed attempts, I still didn’t know a soul. I concluded that people must just want to keep to themselves in today’s culture.
I was wrong.
The day I moved to Barrie, Bob from next door came strolling across his yard to introduce himself. I was blown away when Jim and Bonnie, a retired couple, observed that we had small children and offered up babysitting services.
Winter came along and Bob cleared our driveway with his new snow blower – not just once. Almost every snowfall.
Eventually spring came, and we met Sarah and her girls at Bonnie's “Neighborhood Meet and Greet”.
Every summer since we’ve lived here we get a quick “hi and hello” from Dominic behind us, along with the whiff of his delicious BBQ.
Autumn approached, and on Halloween night, we caught up on everyone’s lives during short “Trick or Treat” visits.
During the holidays, it was without fail that baking arrived on our door step from Patrick's kids who live to the right of our home.
Apparently people don’t want to keep to themselves after all…at least not in the lovely city of Barrie.