With the weather breaking over the weekend, all of our new neighbors emerged. We had chats over fences, were brought a bag of homemade oatmeal cookies from a family down the street, answered the door to yet another neighbor at the end of the block who wanted to introduce herself and exchanged a smile and a quick wave with someone across the street getting into her car. This is different.
Although Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, this is the first time it really feels like that for us. We loved our old apartment building and met some great people, but more often than not folks were very guarded and often wouldn't say hello unless we did first.
We will keep this past weekend in mind for a long time - not only while living here and getting to know our new neighbors, but when someone new moves in near the area we hope to extend the same generosity and warmth. Because, who doesn't like cookies? Those little gestures really do go a long way.
(Image via The Digerati Life)