Everyone is a Neighbour
I grew up in a neighbourhood where it seemed like we hardly ever saw our neighbours, let alone got to know them on a personal level. One did not see a lot of people walking around on the street anyway, and I would have been hard pressed to even know my neighbours’ names, if asked.
As I have moved on through life, I realize that it is very important to know your neighbours, no matter where you live. Neighbours can look out for each other and lend a helping hand. We don’t necessarily have to be best friends but it helps to at least be on speaking terms.
One of the first things I noticed about Boyle Street and McCauley is how everyone (well, many people I have gotten to know, anyway) knows their neighbours. Not only that, but they actually socialize and take part in community events together (and plan them too).
When I think about qualities of good neighbours, I think of things like a willingness to help out not only with the people right next door or across the alley, but in the community in general. Whether someone lives in Little Italy, Church Street, near Chinatown, or in an apartment in Boyle Street, everyone is a neighbour and everyone has neighbours.
And just like family sometimes, you can’t always choose your neighbours. Neighbours give us the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and share experiences together.
The main part of the word “neighbourhood” is “neighbour” for a reason. Neighbours are what make a community healthy and vibrant. Have you said hello to your neighbours today? There is no better time than now.