This Is How We Celebrate ‘Good Neighbor Day’

Erica Robinson, Porchista

Erica Robinson, Porchista

By Erica Robinson, Porchista

For the Front Porch Nation, every day holds the potential to be a “good neighbor day.”

It’s part of why we get out on our front porches and be a part of our neighborhood, our closest part of the world at large.

Today, I sat on my front porch with my middle child as she excitedly waited for her friend to walk down from her home, so that they could walk to school together.

Later, I rustled up my youngest son and we headed over to a neighborhood that I had visited last week. There, tucked away in a larger subdivision, was this charming cul-de-sac.

As I admired it last week, and took pictures, it took me a few minutes to place why I liked it so much.

For one thing, the inherent shape of their half circle made all the homes face each other in a gracious, gently curving manner. But more than that, it was the love of their front porch that each one of these neighbors possessed that struck me the most.

Marsha and her puppies

Marsha and her puppies

Each carried its own style, or personality. And the happy positive of that uniqueness was you wanted to stop and visit each house.

So, I drove back this morning, with a potted blooming plant to leave with one of those neighbors, and lo and behold, one of them was sitting on her front porch!

Marsha and her hummingbird feeder. Marsha is called a "porch monkey" by her family because she spends so much time out there. We can see why she does.

Marsha and her hummingbird feeder. Marsha is called a “porch monkey” by her family because she spends so much time out there. We can see why she does.

Marsha and her two puppies (seen right and at top) spend a lot of time out on their front porch. So much time, in fact, that Marsha’s family nickname for her is “the porch monkey.”

This morning, tiny hummingbirds flew excitedly about Marsha’s feeders and plantings.

Cheerily, I offered her my gift of flowers and wished her a happy “good neighbor day” and I thanked her for her lovely porch and for being out on it.

You see, our neighbor doesn’t have to only be the person to our immediate left or right. It can be anyone.

Here are more porches in Marsha’s lovely cup-de-sac.

Marsha's cul-de-sac

Marsha's cul-de-sac porch

 

Marsha's cul-de-sac porch

 

Marsha's cul-de-sac porch

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