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Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Pardon me one moment while I remove my shoes and jacket to put on my slippers and cardigan.
Don't worry, I haven't totally lost my ever loving mind . . . I am just caught up in remembering Mr. Rogers and his little ditty about his neighbourhood. Mr. Rogers was a PBS show that I may or may not have watched when I was just a wee kidlet. Follow the link if you want more info on the enigma himself!
Now back to the actual post. I am one of the lucky people that got it right. The house that we live in is surrounded, for the most part, by a group of wonderful people and together we have formed a true little neighbourhood.
Why just last night we were all outside after returning home from work, watching the kids as they played. Time flew by and pretty soon we realized that it was way past dinner time. So, we all got together order pizza and hung out in one of the backyards enjoying a picnic and each other's company. It was the perfect impromptu summer evening.
I am so grateful for this wonderful group of people that live around me. They care for my children almost as much as I do and I trust that they will be looking out for mine just as I look out for their kidlets. I also trust them to discipline my kids if need be and I am comfortable doing the same. They have become family to us.
It was these wonderful neighbours who, along with Aunt Arwen who is an honourary neighbour, made my second maternity leave much smoother than the first . . . even though my PPD was far worse. We had a weekly play date that helped all us because we were not alone. We could chat and let the kids play. It became a joint effort to care for the kids and that really took the pressure off, particularly on days when I was really struggling to cope. Those play dates were my lifeline. I always knew that on Wednesday we would be getting together and I could just hold on until our play date.
What a life saver these wonderful women were to me. Knowing just how deeply into my depression I was sinking, I shudder to think how deep it would have / could have been without their support.
So, it truly is a beautiful day in my neighbourhood because I know that I am surrounded by loving family who are there for my little family. What more could one ask for when picking a home?!
What is your neighbourhood like? What are your neighbours like?