SWEET TEA

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Welcome to the 'hood!


When we get new neighbors
I take them Banana Bread.
So, today I baked one for them . . .
and one for us.
Yes, I gave them the larger,
prettier one.



"Welcome to the Neighborhood!"

I have only moved from one state to another
one time in my life.
After making that move I appreciated
the welcome gifts from other
neighbors sooooo much.
I vowed to be a better neighbor
once I knew how it felt to move
away from everyone and everything
I had ever known.
To quote Oprah and I hate to do that,
"when I knew better, I did better."

Have people been neighborly to you
when you've made moves?
Anything you remember in particular?
Do you greet new neighbors?

31 comments:

Shelly said...

What a wonderful thing to do! It looked delicious, too. We live far out in the country, so our neighbors are new critters that move in, not people.

Cheri said...

Ok this is a sensitive area for me because I have moved to three different states and only up north did any neighbors come to meet us. I have been in my present house for 10 mths. no one has come to meet us...I don't even know what my neighbors look like...how sad is that. Will you be my neighbor?

Mari said...

We were welcomed with cookies and bread. I do the same for our new neighbors. It's always nice to be welcomed!

nancygrayce said...

Growing up a southern woman, I do know better, but seldom do I do better. I'm so ashamed! But so proud that you are doing that! :)

laurie said...

thats what I would do too, I think we need to be more like this, its such a wonderful way to welcome people to the area, old fashioned way in this busy crazy world.

Janie Fox said...

I have the same farmer neighbors since I married and moved in. I think your quote is one Oprah stole from Maya Angelou. But Oprah thinks she is Jesus so she'd probably never give credit to anyone else. Not a fan, is it obvious? haha

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

I like the quote whoever said it... but, sadly, I've never welcomed a neighbor. Moving from the north to the south many years ago, we were given cookies by a neighbor and we were so leary of them that we threw them away. I know... how sad.

Moving south this time, we were welcomed by the 20 year old wife of a Marine across the street. They had a new baby and she still baked. They have since moved on and I hope someone like you, welcomed her. I'm not good at it.

Sush said...

Oh yes I do like to bring a baked treat for new neighbors. I also include our names, address and phone number because who can remember in all the flurry of those quick introductions, along with a note to feel free to call for help in finding Dr's, hairdressers, etc.
I remember when we moved to NC I felt like I walked around with a sign under my neck like a St Bernard saying, "Please be my friend...please talk to me". I've sinced moved to a neighborhood that is more friendly.
So...short story long...and to quote Martha Stewart...lol, You did a 'Good Thing'!
Hugs~

Relyn said...

Thank you, kind friend, for your friendship, your support, and your compassion. I do treasure you and the relationships we form through blogging.

Shawn said...

We were welcomed with cookies and notes and then after we were settled in one neighbor hosted a little mixer for all of us to meet and exchange info. It was very nice and we'll do the same next time our neighborhood gets someone new.

MommaMindy said...

I've moved A LOT and have rarely had the neighbors do anything. One family stood out because on the day the moving van arrived, the wife stood out on the porch in her bathrobe and invited us to dinner that night. It was special.

When we moved to the current neighborhood, we went around and introduced ourselves. The reaction was pretty much, "so what?" However, we kept up talking, waving, inviting and the neighborhood has grown closer over the years.

Next time, I'm moving next to you!

NanaDiana said...

That's a kind thing to do. It is hard to move and it seems that anymore people kind of keep to themselves in this mobile world. xo Diana

Karen Whittal said...

What a lovely thing to do, here we live behind 8 foot walls and electric fencing, people just don't act neighbourly anymore.

Anne said...

Thats a lovely idea.We all moved in to our new houses at roughly the same time so we havent done anything aside from give a welcome to your new home card!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Bet you make a lot of people feel welcome, you surely do on your blog.

yaya said...

When we moved to Ohio many moons ago I don't think any neighbors gave us a welcome, but the welcome wagon lady showed up one day and she brought many fun things. I don't know if that organization is even in existence any more, but it made me feel better! I've welcomed new neighbors with food...everyone always appreciates that! Good work good neighbor!

Madi and Mom said...

Yummy I'd move to your 'hood just to get a taste of your delicious looking bread.

Our 'hood is pretty settled no one new in years. When we moved here 28 yrs ago, everyone was new. We did have a cul-de-sac party after we were all settled.

Several years ago, a younger neighbor had a baby. Another neighbor and I made a dinner for the family.
Hugs C

Gloria Richards said...

We are empty nest seniors and have a great young family next door to us. I tried to greet the new "older" couple across the street a couple years ago. I was informed that she didn't get chummy with neighbors, it kept her out of trouble. Hmmmm...made me wonder! So, nope, didn't give her baked goods!!!

Jeanie said...

In moves years ago we had neighbors bring something and welcome us to the neighborhood, but not in recent years. My daughters are always taking dinner to someone who is sick, had a baby, etc., so I'll have to ask if they do something for new neighbors. Our neighborhood hasn't had anyone new for a long time.

bj said...

Your bread looks amazing, Tea....yum

Most of our neighbors have been around us for years but when a new one moves in, I do greet them, usually with a plate of homemade cookies. :)

Chatty Crone said...

That was a very wonderful thing to do. We moved back in 1986 and we were all new!!! Sandie

karen said...

I want to move to your neighborhood! In my neighborhood no one really does anything. When I was younger and lived in a real neighborhood (we live in a townhouse now) people were a little more friendly. Maybe it was just more friendly back then - it just seemed like people had more time. But maybe I should start a "new" tradition!

Linda Chapman said...

I have lived here in the same house since I was 18 years old. I am now 63. I always take goodies in to the neighbors....especially those who have children. Nothing makes life easier than having good neighbors!!

Kelli said...

I always take something homemade to new neighbors, often banana bread! (Great minds, right? :) ) We believe in being neighborly in these parts. We also take in food to the family when a loved one passes away. I admit that this was done much more in hometown than it is where I live now, but it is something I love about West Virginia people. :)

Life 101 said...

My mamma used to do that. I loved that banana bread.
I know your new neighbors really appreciate it.

Jill said...

So sweet! ;-) I have lots of moving stories but that's a whole blog post in itself! LOL

Blessings,
Jill

Bobbi said...

I am such a horrible neighbor! I am very backward in person.. but I know, that's no excuse. What a sweet thing for you to do. And that banana bread looks wonderful! I once had a neighbor tell me she was going to bake me chocolate chip cookies (when I moved in) and she never did. BUT every time she saw me outside she'd say she was going to get those cookies to me when she wasn't busy. I appreciated it... it was the thought that counted.. bless her heart. When I moved to where I am now, my neighbor did bring me some freshly baked banana bread and I appreciated that so much! I need take Oprah's advice now. You've got me thinking...

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

When we move here, one of our neighbors brought a bud vase (I think it was a couple of carnations) over and welcomed us. We got along well with them and visited from time to time.
Years later, new owners moved into that house and I took them a hanging basket of wave petunias over. The young girl barely thanked me. We rarely ever see them. Times have changed.

Rhona said...

I agree whole heartedly. When we moved to our current address we got some sweet cards from some of the neighbours and it felt wonderful. I make a point of doing the same when someone new moves in.
xx

Jill of All Trades said...

That is wonderful. We have moved (in the same city) 5 times in 36 years and are still close friends with two of those neighbors. One of them made us dinner the day we moved in and I love them dearly to this day.

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

We've lived here almost 6 years and I think only one neighbor has greeted us. In fact, several called the city on us when we were building our detached garage--they thought it was too big, too tall, too whatever. The city came out at least 5 times. I was ready to move before we'd lived here 3 months! (Still am!)

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