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Twenty-three years ago we built our house next to my in-laws on a dead end street. At that time we were surrounded by elderly people. As we had children and as they grew up, they would visit our neighbors. There was Jan across the street, Pat and Lee behind us, and Glen on the corner. I am sure our children brought each of them a little smile and a daily dose of sunshine.
Some of the neighbors have passed on while others have moved closer to their own children due to health reasons. Our neighborhood has changed dynamics. We now have five year old Lizzie behind us, two year old Courtney on the corner, seven year old Lane and the newest kids, Zoe and Sam across the street. New children have arrived to provide the smiles and sunshine.
And we have become the "old" neighbors.
Now, Courtney, while running barefoot in the grass, waves to Dave as he rides his bike up the path. Lizzie brings us cherry tomatoes from her garden and "baby" pine cones from under the hemlock tree. Lane draws us pictures for the refrigerator and "works" with Dave in the yard, and Zoe and Sam create and play in imaginary places on our bridge in the ditch.
Maybe being on the other side is not so bad after all.