June 29th, 2013

New Neighbor

The house next door to the east has been vacant for over a year.  Before that, there was a rapid succession of renters who came and quickly went.  Sometimes we got barely introduced, sometimes not.  This week a young couple moved in and this morning i met the woman.  S. is from Togo, an evangelical Christian with a husband, toddler and infant.  She looks to be maybe in her mid-twenties.  I think we took an instant liking to each other.  It sounds like they might stay a while, and if they like the neighborhood, buy the home.

A delightful blog appeared on my friend's page earlier in the morning thanks to reginaterrae.  It dealt with Southern cooking and racism.  The (Black) author commented that we have come to learn to suspect our neighbors before we learn to respect them.  First comes suspicion, then, maybe. respect.  I had sadly agreed with the comment   Then shortly thereafter i met my new neighbor.  My instant liking for her made a lie of my suspicion that suspicion has become our default reaction to strangers and other others,

I hope S and her family decide to stay.

John Lennon On Love

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
― John Lennon
John Lennon Quotes (Author of In His Own Write)