In Community: The Structure of Belonging, Peter Block wrote that the key to creating or transforming community is to see the power in the small but important elements of being with others. Community and belonging have been at the center of my interest for quite some time and I’m learning to pay attention to and learn from present day interactions that provide keys to creating and transforming community. But, I’ve not thought much about past interactions from my childhood. When I did, my neighbors Kate and Ollie came to mind.
My visits with Kate and Ollie were filled with conversation. Each time I knocked on their door, Ollie would graciously welcome me inside even though my visits were random and unannounced. I would sit in their overstuffed chair, we would talk about our day. Kate was not well. I remember how lovingly Ollie cared for her.
What memories do you have of your neighbors? Did you have a neighbor that made you feel especially welcome? How did you connect with or get to know your neighbor(s)?