Everyone in Mitford seems to know each other! And, when Father Tim gets a new neighbor and I love to see the opportunities they have to interact as she is new to the community! It makes me long to have a neighbor who would, "pop through the hedge" to visit, borrow a cup of sugar, have tea and cultivate friendship!
I know some of my neighbors by name, a few more by face and some not even by recognition. Here is an idea that has been mulling around in my head for a while. Why not make a list of all the house numbers in our neighborhood? Then, when I'm baking - let's say banana bread - make a large loaf for us and some small loaves to share. I have been kind of stock-piling and have five or six little loaves of bread in the freezer. When the girls and I are out for wagon rides/walks - I could take a couple with me and deliver some kindness to a neighbor. I'm still pondering what kind of note I want to attach.
But, I make this challenge to myself: I will share all of the already-made loaves of bread I have (oatmeal, banana or poppy seed) with neighbors before we go out of town at the end of the month. Then I can note which house numbers I went to and keep at it until I've shared something with each neighbor. Likely most will not be home when I am out with the girls, but they will at least know that there is someone in the neighborhood who is reaching out...
PS: Christy left a great comment on our Mitford post the other day, I love this idea! (I actually entered a contest through Edy's ice cream to win a neighborhood block party!)
"We live in an area where lots of people walk by our front yard on evening walks. This post gives me the idea of making homemade ice cream out front and sharing it with people walking by. What a fun way to spark a conversation and meet someone new (which being an introvert is a challenge for me!).
Also, it would be great to have all the neighbors on our culdesac get together for homemade ice cream and pull out the slip-n-slide for the kids."