neighbors – solsc#21

When we first saw the cabin at the lake and the neglected state it was in, their house was our inspiration for what we could make this house become.

At the sale they sat on the hearth next to my husband and asked if we planned to flip the house. He answered, “No,” and they nodded.

When my husband was the only bidder at the auction and the property was declared ours they said, “Welcome neighbor!”

The first weekend we were there they pulled their boat up to our dock and said, “Get in. Let’s go for a ride and talk.”

Each summer holiday, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day, they decorated their driveway with flags and welcomed family and friends.

Whenever we needed a yard man, or a plumber, or any kind of help, they knew just what we needed and passed along good advice.

They generously complimented the upgrades we made to our house, and proudly showed us what they had done through the years to their own.

They told us of health problems that they were dealing with in their old age and they came less often as the years went by.

We cried at the end of last summer when they told us they had to sell their house after coming to Pickwick for over twenty-five years.

The “pending” sign in their yard made us gasp last week when we went to the lake. It was hard to think about them not being next door.

We couldn’t have had better neighbors. Even though we came to the lake from opposite directions, and we live in cities three hours apart, I pray we continue to keep them as friends.

14 thoughts on “neighbors – solsc#21

  1. We have never had neighbors like that. I feel like instead of complaining about it I need to be that neighbor. I hope you like your new neighbors when you get them & you stay in touch with your former neighbors!

  2. Darla & Jen says:

    Good neighbors are the best! Just like good teaching partners, they are hard to replace.
    Darla & Jen

  3. travelinma says:

    Oh, good neighbors are hard to replace! May the bonds you formed through the experiences on the lake be brought between the families in the future. Good friends are hard to find too.

  4. elsie says:

    It’s sad to lose great neighbors. Hopefully you will be able to fill the role they played in your life when it sells and you meet the new owners.

  5. spiffygryphy says:

    Good neighbors are so important! Everyone on my street has been helpful in bad times. I’m very lucky. You’ll keep your neighbors as friends if you make sure to stay in touch. I hope your new neighbors turn out to be good ones too.

  6. Jaana says:

    Neighbors are what makes the neighborhood a place where you want to live (or visit)! May your new neighbors prove to be warmhearted and generous people as well!

  7. freegriffa says:

    I’m just thinking what a blessing it is that your paths crossed. It sucks getting old. You will keep in touch and I’m sure you can adopt some of their traditions as your own 😄

  8. Lori says:

    I hope you stay in touch with them.

  9. onathought says:

    What a wonderful thing to have – great neighbors! Such a blessing. I’m sorry they are leaving – but it really feels, just from reading this, that you will keep in touch. Maybe they can visit you at the lake.

  10. What a fabulous story. I bet you will make a plan to stay connected. Maybe you can carry on the traditions they modeled for you for the buyers of their house. That would be a fitting tribute!

  11. macrush53 says:

    Such a poignant story. Great neighbors are the best. I wish them health. What great memories you have.

  12. I hope that our neighbors up north think the same thoughts about us. It is sooooo….hard to put the sign up. I know that you will stay friends. xo

  13. Nice structure to this piece- I feel that your 2-line, single sentence (mostly ) verses reflect the solidity of this relationship you describe.

  14. bbutler627 says:

    Aw, that’s so sweet and sad at the same time. I had the best neighbors growing up. They were like family and did the same here. They took my parents under their wing and showed them the ropes to so many things. When they died 30 some years later, my father took care of their house for 2 years while relatives far away worked on selling it. Last year a wonderful couple moved in, got married and now have a baby. It’s like it became cyclical and my parents now care for them and are great friends! I pray you get to do the same.

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