Monday, January 30, 2012

Bloomin' Monday: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

So you've arrived in your new town, the boxes are off of the moving truck and scattered throughout your house or apartment, and you're about to make your first of many trips to the grocery store.  I'm sure the list is a mile long, but I would suggest adding one more thing: brownies (homemade, from a box - it doesn't matter!).
It was our 6th move and first ever home purchase.  We were so excited to be moving to Knoxville, TN, and into our very own house!  Living in Jacksonville, FL had been less than wonderful (more on that later), so it was great to be getting a fresh start.  But of course, we didn't know anyone but our real estate agent in our new town.

As David was unloading the U-Haul in the Summer heat, our next-door neighbor, Rose, showed up with a lovely plate of brownies.  It was so appreciated and turned out to be the start of a wonderful friendship that still continues (Hi, Rose!).  Right away, we felt welcome in the neighborhood and like we had at least one person we could go to with questions or in case of an emergency.

Sadly, Rose's actions are extremely rare.  Only one other time (at our first place here in Fort Smith) has anyone come to meet us from our new neighborhood.  Nevertheless, we decided to carry on the brownie tradition each time we have moved.  Some people will be very appreciative, others will be embarrassed that they didn't bring you brownies first, and one or two may look at you like you've lost your mind.  But please take that first step.  It's a great way to break the ice!

If you're not about to move anytime soon, still keep a box of brownies in your pantry.  Then, when you see a moving truck arrive on your street, you'll be ready!

This post is linked up to one or more of the following blog parties.  Check them out! Monday: Menu Plan Monday on I'm an Organizing Junkie, Wednesday: Works for Me Wednesday at We are THAT Family, Friday: 5 Minute Friday at The Gypsy Mama, Company Girl Coffee at Home Sanctuary

1 comment:

  1. As per your example and suggestion, I try to keep a box of brownie mix on hand at all times. Besides encouraging me to watch for moving vans, it is also VERY useful for sudden chocolate cravings. :)


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