Know Thy Neighbor

This is Day 7 of my 31 Days of August Awesomeness Blog Challenge. Want to know more? Check out the inaugural post here.

Tonight’s post isn’t going to be too long, because I was out cavorting with my neighbors at National Night Out. If you aren’t familiar with this community event, it’s sponsored the first Tuesday night every August (with a few exceptions) and is a great excuse for everyone to get together, let the kids run wild, and get to know the people who live closest to you better.

I confess that although I’ve lived in a neighborhood since 2006 that sponsored an annual National Night Out event, this is the first year that I’ve actually participated. (I’ve always had a very valid excuse.) But there are a few reasons why I felt like it was important that I get my butt out there this year:

  • We moved into a development last year that is still growing. With new neighbors coming in all the time, this face-to-face event is one of the rare times that I knew that I could meet a bunch of neighbors. Otherwise it’s random happenstance encounters.
  • Our neighborhood has had a few incidents of crime this past spring. We’ve noticed a lot of suspicious vehicles hanging around in the as yet undeveloped part of the neighborhood, and I’m considering starting a neighborhood watch.
  • Our city encourages and supports National Night Out and send out policeman and fireman to chat with the folks. It’s a nice way to meet the people who protect and serve our community.

In short, I was eager this year to feel like I was part of my neighborhood, and not just a resident in it. And you know what? I had a lot of fun too. 🙂