Friday, February 04, 2011

I've been hoping for this

Last year during our very social year in Waterloo, I found myself complaining that we didn't know our neighbours in Ottawa very well at all. We had a few acquaintances on our street but no one that I would really call "friend". The girls didn't have any playmates that they would just meet in the back yards or ride their bikes with or invite over to play. They had that in Waterloo in spades and I was very sad to leave that behind.

This afternoon the girls came home from school and started playing on our front snow pile. Anna ran over from a few doors down. Minutes later Emily popped her head in the door and yelled that she and Hope were going to play in Anna's front yard. A little while after that Emily came back and asked if they could go have hot chocolate at Anna's. When I called over a little while later, I could barely hear Anna's mum, Isabelle, over the din. Mohammed and Raeff, other neighbours on our street, were also over playing she said. Earlier this week I had a new friend, Shahi, from down the street over for tea.

I promised myself in the summer that I would try to make more friends on our street. While I don't think I actually did anything extraordinary to make it happen, I'm so happy that has.

Friends nearby make a home happier.

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little b said...

I'm so happy for you and the girls. That's great. Your street seems perfect for spending time with neighbours.

Shan said...

We went for a long time like that here too and then one day it just flipped. It was like we'd moved to Mr. Rogers neighbourhood. I think a lot of it had to do with Abby getting older and starting to play with more kids in the hood. However it happened it's pretty awesome. Yay for you!

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Erika said...

Hooray! That's great (-:

Jannie said...

This IS great! And it is a real gift as well.
I'm so happy for both you and the girls!