We have lived in our current neighborhood for the past eight years. We live on a busy city street which has a lot of rental properties all around us. We have had a number of different people living in the properties on either side of our house. Some we have been able to get to know and others not so much. It feels like it should not be so difficult to get to know your neighbors but for some reason it is. It takes a certain amount of resolve to make the effort to create meaningful ties with people.
We had people over last Sunday for a potluck dinner. Joshua brought his guitar with the most battered hard shell case I had ever seen. Troy came with his banjo and I had my guitar out tuned and ready. The food was wonderful as was the conversation. Having people over brings the house to life in a way that is enriching. We made a couple pesto pizzas with basil and swiss chard from the garden. Amy brought over a great pasta salad and Aaron came with tub of ice-cream.
Our family has built a life with the home at the center. The home is not only our hub but the place we most like to be. There is almost always someone home here morning noon and night. The children do not go off to school, the parents do not go off to work. We do go off to the farmers market or down to the library or around the corner to talk to a friend or maybe a walk in the park but generally we are at home. So having people over for an evening party is a great way to keep our community of friends cooking like a well tended compost pile.