It’s easy to show you a lovely snapshot of our property and home. We truly do have:
beautiful flower gardens…
a picturesque veggie patch…
a furry, purry companion…
Ever since we moved to our home, we were not so thrilled with the view on either side of us…namely our neighbors (especially our first ones that have since moved). Their homes are not as well kept up. Landscaping is not as much of a priority, and they have hundreds of *gasp* dandelions in their grass! An old dump truck sits around year after year, rusting. The church next door is not a cute old fashioned stone building. It’s rather ugly. A huge post office garage fills our southern view. We don’t have a ton of outdoor privacy because of the church driveway that runs along our property. Yes, our “beautiful” deck view that I like to post about is not so beautiful if I swing my camera to the right or left.
Arborvitaes were placed along our deck:
Tiny 1 foot blue spruce whips were planted all along the other side of our property:
It’s definitely a long-term plan….this plan to block out the neighbors. Sometimes we grumble about how slow the arborvitaes seem to be growing. We pound in fertilizer spikes and pull out the hose to water them. We measure the amazing growth in the blue spruce, exulting over every foot they grow.
I sit on my not-so-private deck, sipping my coffee. My neighbor, the pastor of the church, walks by, stopping for a moment to ask how I’m doing. A jogger with two dogs swings up the church driveway and lifts a hand in greeting as she puffs by. Minutes later, as I get back to my gardening, my other neighbor arrives back at her house. She pulls the groceries out of her trunk and calls over to me that it’s such a nice day. She says that our gardens look beautiful, and I smile and thank her.
Then a thought suddenly fills me: why the evergreens? Why block the “hello”, the pleasant wave, the friendly small chat? Isn’t this what being a neighbor is all about? No, I’m not thinking about cutting down the trees, but perhaps the gaps that still remain along our property edge need to remain just that: friendly gaps that leave room for neighborliness.