One of the luckiest things you can have happen to you as a kid is to have fun neighbors your age. No playdates or transportation to arrange - just come on over! We got a tiny thrill when we saw this intentional hole in Claire's (aka Loobylu) fence. "Now the kids next door suddenly appear at my elbow while we are at the dinner table."
Claire's found that giving her kids and the neighbors easy access to each other has given her some free time and we remember from our own childhoods how nice it is to feel at home in neighbors' houses (especially if their mother bakes).
How do you open your home to neighbors?
You can visit Claire at her excellent blog, Loobylu.