We have been living the Suburbanites dream. Our little family of four has been living in a comfortable house in the Suburbs with a big back yard and plenty of trees. There’s a park around the corner and the kids can walk to school. The neighbours are nice enough, we know their names and the names of their dogs. That’s good enough for me. Or it was, until a big fat FOR SALE sign went up across the street.
I jokingly mentioned to my sister that she and her Hubby should go have a peek at that little brick house across the street with the big fat FOR SALE sign. So, they did?! (Um since when do little sisters listen to big sisters? I am powerful!)
Suddenly there were visions of spontaneous coffee visits, open door policies for nieces and nephews, Christmas where we could shuffle the old folks back and forth across the street. A warm glow of all that could be began to grow in my heart. The Suburbs are “nice”, but how comforting would it be to have someone you love right across the road? People we could count on, people who would look out for us and our kids. A best friend built right into the neighbourhood. The benefits of built in family without them being built right in. The Suburbs may be great
even if they are a little stuck-up and snobby sometimes but with a new exciting injection of family…it could be so much more!
Could there, would there be a downside to this? My sister living across the street? Nah. It’s not like we would be sharing back yards.
We loosely discussed drop in rules. We giggled at all the possibilities that lay ahead. I was all kinds of excited.
Went away for the weekend. Came home to a SOLD sign….
it wasn’t THEIR sold sign. Sigh.
I am more disappointed then I care to admit.
Who is the sneaky
bitch monkey who swooped in and bought my sisters house?
There goes my dream of a utopian neighbourhood.
At least until the next house goes up for sale!
Love you Sis.
Now PLEASE go ahead and tell me it was for the best! Someone must have some family “lives too close” horror stories to share!
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