Sunday, April 19, 2009

New Neighbors

Alright, new neighbors just moved in next door and it got me thinking: What do most people do when a new family moves in on their street?

Do you ring the doorbell with a basket of homemade baked goods, Bree Van de Kamp style?

Or maybe you prefer to take the more subtle approach and wait until you catch them outside before going over to make an introduction.

This is what most people on our street did when we moved in two years ago. Everyone we've met since has been perfectly friendly and we absolutely love our quiet little street but as a first-time homeowner, I was surprised to learn that the only time your doorbell will ring... is when someone is trying to sell you something. (and luckily, they don't live in the area.)

Maybe things are different in other parts of the country. I'm guessing that Southern Hospitality just didn't make it to Virginia. Then again we live just outside of Washington D.C. in the suburbs of Northern Virginia. Between long commutes and soccer games, most people are just plain busy.

All that being said, I decided to pick up a pot of flowers to bring over today. Just some simple Gerber daisies to say, "welcome to the street." My thoughts are, don't wait for your neighbors to get a dog or have a baby before you take the time to get to know them.

2 comments:

Kristy said...

My first husband left me for the next door married lady neighbor. The first time I met her she handed me a herb garden for my kitchen window.

I don't talk to my neighbors anymore no matter where I live.

Stephanie said...

I just became a new homeowner. The second week we were there a woman and her son came by to give us some brownies. It was really sweet. I think people are more comfortable to introduce themselves when they catch you outside though. But it is nice to meet your neighbors! Flowers would be nice to get.