Not all the original families are here. Corrine was my immediate neighbour but moved away before we lived here a year. There's been 3 families since Corrine. Joel and Josie are the best next door neighbours we've ever had. They do have parties and they do invite us. Sometimes we go and sometimes we don't, but we always say hello and share our gardening tips over the fence.
Nice Neighbour is exactly what his name describes. He's nice. When he's outside working he'll wave. He walks his little white dog and stops and talks. He's told us he appreciates us as good neighbours. He's chatted about our new fence and he's even said "Pop in for coffee, Dorothy and I would like it." Dorothy! That's the name of his wife! Ten years later, I have no idea what Nice Neighbour's name is, but I always chat with him and I always wave back.
Next to Nice Neighbour is a new family. I think they are Filipino and that's just fine. There are little kids who ride bikes and play outside. It's nice to see kids in the neighbourhood again. There haven't been any for a long time. So far, this family doesn't have a nickname.
Directly across from our house are The Rider Fans. I called them that before I knew I was one as well. They are better described as Tim Horton addicts though. Whenever they leave, they always ALWAYS return with coffee from Timmies. Yes, they still dress in green on game day, their little kids are clad now too, and so are we.
Next we have Neighbour Fred. Hubby calls him Meticulous Neighbour because he is forever cutting his lawn or weeding or watering. They've done a lot of work on their house. Since we've lived here they've done a new gate, new driveway, and resided the house. I'm sure there were renovations inside as well.....we just can't see them. I've talked to Neighbour Fred up close a few times. They've always been good and looked out for the well being of all in the hood. I am thankful for that.
This spring Hubby was at work and was taking the elevator when a lady introduced herself as Cindy. Here it turns out she is Neighbour Fred's wife. Hubby had been working in the same building for 2 years in different departments.
When we first moved here their teenage boys would practise their skate boarding out on the sidewalk. Brandy would bark at them. Then we watched them move away. Now they return with little kids of their own. It's the evolution of the neighbourhood I suppose.
This evening I looked out the living room window. There is a newly planted For Sale sign on the lawn at Neighbour Fred and Cindy's.
It's sad to see a good neighbour go. But on the up side, someone new will move in. Maybe they'll be the sit on the stoop and visit type. I'm hoping.