Know Thy Neighbor

Today I realized something that made me both happy and concerned. I know my internet friends better than I know my own neighbor. April and Kris got into a car accident last night and thankfully, they are both ok. She called me late last night to let me know what had happened to her and today I called her to see how they were doing. During I conversation I realized that I know more about her than I know my next door lately. In fact, I did not even see her for the first 3 months I was here.

This is not a new thing, even though Kansas City is a far friendlier place than Michigan was, I do not feel more comfortable walking up to a neighbor and introducing myself than I did back there. At the last house I got to know the people next door mainly because they shared a patch of grass. In Chicago I got to know a couple of neighbors also, but besides the “small talk” we shared we never really shared all that much.

The internet is a wonderful tool and it is connecting people all over the world. While I cherish my friendships with all my blog buddies it does bother me a little that I do not even know the people I live around. Further more, I don’t even feel the need to do so. I have also had experiences with bad neighbors and I hope I don’t have to ever relive those again. While it is true that you chose your friends and not your neighbors, I would still want to live in a place like back in Colombia where you knew everybody on your block.

I have some wonderful friends at work now, and I have met plenty more that way, but I still have not met anyone from just the neighborhood that I could call a friend. It is hard to miss something you never had, but in my case, some of my best friends were people that lived around my house. I am not complaining in the sense that I don’t appreciate the wonderful group of friends that I do have, however it is hard not to have someone that I can call and say, hey lets catch a movie… well that is not entirely true, I do have that back in Chicago… but since I am not there now, you people have to come and visit!

In the end I am really lucky. I have friends in all corners of the world… what’s even better, I have friends all over this country that I can go and visit. Maybe I should do that soon, go and see some of my friend in TN, TX, or CA.

7 comments on “Know Thy Neighbor

  1. I’m shocked and appalled. TN, TX or CA… What about Canada? I see how you are!

    I understand how you feel. I’ve made wonderful friends online I realize I share more with than with people I see every single day. Funny.

  2. Living in a small town, you get to know your neighbors for the most part. We know our neighbors, but not really.

  3. I’ve been to all three and Seattle is the best…except maybe San Francisco;) I know what you mean, though, in that I do know far more about bloggers than I do my neighbors, or even many of my friends that in othe areas that I hear from once a month, if I’m lucky.

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