It’s Week 35 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge, here’s our challenge for this week:
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Week 35: Your Neighborhood
As a kid, I grew up in a close knit neighborhood. The kind of neighborhood where you knew everyone on your street. I used to babysit for my neighbors, and play with the kids down the road. I remember watching after our neighbors puppy, and getting to watch him grow up into a spunky dog who would practically drag his own toward me every time I went to check the mail! What I loved most about my neighborhood, was the community.
When we were kids, we used to hunt for Easter eggs at a neighbors house down the street. My parents used to host the annual Christmas party. One of our neighbors used to hold a “spooky woods” in the wooded area in their backyard. This was what I grew up with. I was fortunate enough to have the bus stop right in front of my house, and generations of kids went to that bus stop.
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have grown up in such a close knit neighborhood, as it gave me something to look forward to for when I have a house of my own. I don’t expect most neighborhoods to be like this, but I want something similar to what I had. I want Mr. Penny Pincher to experience the joys of having such a close knit neighborhood like I had. Maybe I won’t know every single person in my community, but I at least want one that is willing to try.
Once you’ve grown up in a place like that, it’s hard to imagine life any other way. I remember being just minutes from any of my close friends. I could even walk to some of their houses. I remember being able to get together in the evenings to play together until our parents would holler for us to come home. I can’t imagine how different it would have been had I not grown up in a place like this. I’m so grateful for the wonderful people I met growing up, most of which have now moved away from the neighborhood. These people will always hold a special place in my heart, and in my fondest memories.