So much has changed when it comes to being “neighborly,” hasn’t it?

Sad that most folks don’t even know their neighbors. Heads are down, faces buried in phones, so many last minute things to remember when heading out the door; gathering children and backpacks, homework done, lunches, the brief one spent the night finishing, making sure the pet has food and water for the day, lights and electronics off, windows closed, alarm set, gas tank on one quarter, enough time to hit the drive-thru, beating the traffic, etc., etc.

Who has time to notice the elderly neighbor out walking her dog — let alone the tears escaping?

We’re so busy trying to get ahead, that instead, we’ve gone backwards. We’ve forgotten our manners. We neglect common courtesies. And the “golden rule?” Ha! “No one is going to do unto me!”

Let’s wind back the clock a bit, shall we?

Was there ever a simpler time? When was America the greatest? How do we “make America great again?”

Was it better/greater when Mom stayed at home? Was it nicer/greater to come home to the smell of dinner or cookies in the oven? Did we wave to our neighbors? Greet them by name? Hand someone their newspaper? Help someone carry in their groceries? Mow their grass or shovel their driveway?

True, I’m dating myself. I’m a “Baby Boomer!” Raised by “Silents” who were raised by our “Greatest Generation.” Yes, I grew up doing and seeing what I’ve asked about, and perhaps when grown, on occasion I didn’t notice my neighbors, but for the most part, I sure did! And I still do!

The 94-year-old widow who walks her dog early in the mornings while still grieving the loss of her 73-year husband and love of her life, hasn’t gone past me unnoticed.

No, I’m no longer chasing all the hollow things and trappings of society along with that big “dream” illusion — so I have the time to not just notice, but to participate in my neighborhood and with my neighbors.

I invited my 94-year old neighbor over for tea! Yes, I sure did! And you can see her face in the photo. And all I’m saying is, are we really just too darn busy to be a good neighbor?

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Dharlene Marie Fahl is an entrepreneur and approaches everything she does with a universal, collaborative and cooperative spirit and is a CEO Space graduate and lifetime member. She has been a retail gift shop owner, a healing centre owner and operator, as well as a restaurant general manager and a director of training for a restaurant company responsible for seven restaurants. Her education and training is in Hospitality Management.

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