Really we do. It is a smallish community but it isn’t too far from the big city. The day after we drove into the drive way of our rental home two of our neighbors came over to introduce themselves. They let us know when trash day was and offered to let us put our trash with theirs until we got our service going.
Then the wife of one of the men that had stopped by came over with some yummy sandwich spread and brownies. Then all through out the summer she and her husband supplied us with surplus from the garden that he grows.
The other neighbor let us borrow his lawnmower until we were able to get our own.
Just a couple of weeks ago S. our neighbor to our right saw that one of our window screens needed repair. He had been fixing some of his so he sent over his left over stuff so we could fix ours.
We plan on moving to the country next spring and I will miss our neighbors here a lot. They are priceless. I know this from having previously yucky neighbors and from reading other people’s blogs.
We have a farmer’s market here that is small but great. I met our organic farmer there last year. So we have access to organic dairy products and veggies. Through him my older girls found out that they will be able to show animals in 4H next year. He plans on keeping animals on the farm for the kids to come take care of for their projects. My oldest is super excited because she really wanted to work with animals this year but couldn’t because we didn’t have access to any.
Then of course there is the community of AP(attachment parenting) families. We are truly working to be a community in action for one another. Providing transportation, meals, child care, sharing what we have or trading/bartering for services etc.
Our down town is being restrored. The big theme is art. They have concerts on the square and a new art gallery has opened up. There is a coffee shop that offers “paint-your-own” pottery along with classes. We have an old fashioned malt shop that serves awesome malts and REAL cherry cokes with a side of great conversation with the owner.
The homeschooling community is pretty awesome as well. Even though we unschool my older girls take part in a structured co-op and they enjoy it. We still stand out but that’s ok. They like seeing their friends. We have another group that gets together once a month for activities that they like. We just haven’t made it to many of them this year. I was really impressed with how well organized our state was in the area of homeschooling. Much better than where we moved from.
Yes, I feel truly blessed to be here in our little corner of the world.