I noticed something very different starting to happen in our neighborhood right around the middle of 2020. More people were walking and talking and socializing in our cul-de-sac. Mind you, our kids have all left the house by now so we were envisioning a pretty quiet existence until the people congregating and playing started being adults. We know get a constant stream of people walking and biking and play on our street, and that is like when our kids were growing up.
Needless to say, my dog likes it because he gets to bark incessantly while I am on zoom calls, but the fact that now we get to see people in our neighborhood up close and personal is a refreshing change.
For many of us, the "socialization" we have done has been in church, or work, or at special events. With the changes in our world, increasingly the home front is where we can and should get to know more people. The funny thing is that when we talk to them, they have all been here for years. We just never saw them and could not appreciate the people we have right up the street.
It reminds us that home is more than where we live, it is also where we learn to live with others. A friendly hello, a chair on the porch (several people in our neighborhood built them on their homes this year), and the comfort that you know who is right next door. It's time to get reacquainted.