Thursday, May 19, 2011

rain and community

It is still raining out...and I expect it to continue until Sunday. I'm glad that we had a couple nice days last week, but it is not enough! I need some Vitamin D! It's probably good that it has been so rainy though, it has given me a chance to catch up on some reading. Also, with Emma sick, and now me coming down with something as well, obviously sunny days would make me sad since we are all huddled on the couch cuddling and watching movies. I think I have watched every version of Pride and Prejudice they have out there...including Lost in Austen, which I highly recommend if you haven't seen it.

I really shouldn't complain as much as I do, especially with all that is happening in the rest of the world. I tend to get stuck in my own little bubble and forget about everyone else having problems. I think not watching the news adds to that bubble. I have been feeling the need for more community as of late, which is definitely difficult for me.

How do you manage community? I think that my problem is that I want all that privacy, I don't want the nosy neighbor (who is actually extremely nice and very giving), I want to put up a fence around my yard so that I can have privacy. But, if I keep putting up fences...I will just be in isolation and that is no fun either. I am actually very outgoing in social situations. I have no problems talking to people I have never met. Yet, when it comes to my own neighborhood it doesn't seem to work like that. Maybe because I don't have anyone that is a carbon copy of my family right around me. Of course my BFF lives about a quarter of a mile down the street...but I don't count that since we would get together regardless of where she lived :-)

I think that I need to change my thinking. Get out of my comfort zone. Really try to be more involved. There are a lot of awesome things happening in my town. A group of people are putting together a co-op downtown with all local foods that will be available year round. We already have the farmers' market year round, but to have a store to go to will be awesome. I hope that it opens soon! I am very lucky to live in a town where the downtown is really close by, it has everything that I need within walking distance. I think that we have a pretty good shot of surviving the apocalypse :-) So this summer I will be outside more, walking downtown more, talking to my neighbors more. We shall see how that goes! And as soon as it stops raining I will take pictures of the big mud pit/garden in our yard :-)

1 comment:

  1. I have the same thoughts on neighborhood community. It's hard for me to always want to greet people or to have them involved, especially when I'm such a nester and want my privacy and space. Ironically the fence in our backyard is purposely short....ie we can see directly into our neighbors yard and fence and vice versa. They are a wonderful couple but it also means being willing to be chatty in some capacity every time we're outside. Our front neighbors are the same way although our side neighbors seem to keep to themselves. But I feel that community is important so I'm trying to come out of my shell and not rely so much on hub's charming social skills. ;) Its been interesting trying to regain and increase our social circle now that I'm back in Portland also...the friends I had are spread out in location and hub only has one person here. Something we're working on.... ;)

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