We have been so lucky with our neighborhood! When we looked at our house before buying it, we met twin girls just a bit younger than Ingrid that lived two doors down. When we bought the house, we found out there was a little boy Otis' age next door. When we moved in, we met our neighbors across the street that have kids the same age. Their neighbors have a kid Ingrid's age, and so on and so on. It is a perfect place to raise our kids!
Yesterday was a perfect example of why I love where we live. I looked out to see our friends on their front step. We went outside to say hi. The girls on our side of the street also came out to say hi. We all went inside for the kids to play. We then went to someone else's backyard. We saw another neighbor with her kid, invited her over. All the kids played and ate popsicles. Then it was dinner time and we went home. No elaborate play date, just kids hanging out in the neighborhood.
Someday they will be able to do this by themselves, too--go ride bikes, play a game of baseball at the nearby park, have sleepovers. I love it!
We were talking about the lady across the alley that has triplets, whom I've never met. But it made me remember a new member of the mom's group I created on Facebook, so I went home to see if it might be the same person. I messaged her "please don't think I'm insane, but I think I'm your neighbor?" She wrote back that she'd wanted to come say hi for a long time! Totally random meeting of another neighbor.
Oh, and let's not forget the pregnant neighbor that waddled into our backyard last week with cucumbers from her garden! She said they had tons, and would I like some? We chatted, they are having their first baby any day now. I gave her tomatoes from our garden. Neighbors, people, they are amazing!
I just feel so lucky that A) we got a really awesome house B) the house was way cheaper than we thought we'd find and C) it's in this amazing little pocket of a neighborhood with all these great people! I could not have planned for anything better!