Do you know the names of your neighbors? Most of us will admit that we know very few of the names of the people who live in the houses nearest us. The same is true for those who live in apartment buildings or condo complexes.
With embarrassment, I will admit that in our neighborhood of thirty-five homes, I can recall the first names and know the faces of the adults who live in just nine of those homes. We don’t know their names and have never been in their homes nor have they been in ours. I cannot name any of their children. We have lived in this neighborhood since 1993; shame on me.
It wasn’t always this way. Our neighborhood used to have social gatherings twice a year at the fire hall. There used to be small parties at the homes of some of our neighbors. Those all stopped happening many years ago; what happened? Why did neighborhoods lose their glue? I will skip listing the reasons as many who are reading this can generate their own list.
This is just another of those things about modern life that I do not understand, do not like and have no expectation of improvement in the future. People often claim to feel isolated and lonely; could this be one of the reasons?