We have a new neighbor. They haven't moved in yet but they have purchased the house. They are a young couple, super nice and he has been out working in the yard almost every day after work. Apparently he gets off of work and drives over to the new house where he works until almost sun down. The yard needed some attention so there was a lot of brush and scrub trees to be removed. There were lots of weeds to be dug up, pulled and destroyed. Seeing him out, I've gotten to meet him and talk with him on several occasions. On at least two occasions his wife was with him and working just as hard as he was.
It sort of made me happy that we have new neighbors, that they are so nice and that they are as honest and hard working as they are. Now that they have cleared what was over-grown, the yard is bigger and there is even a concrete pad that they didn't know was there. Even before he has planted grass, the yard looks amazing! Gone are the weeds and foliage that I have been battling for years. Gone is the wire fence that had become an eyesore. Gone are the poison plants that I have sprayed in an attempt to keep them from invading my yard. Gone are the leaves and debris that I have battled in an attempt to keep from invading my yard.
He asked me for some advice of a private nature so I answered him as honestly as I knew how. One of the last things he said to me is that they are going away for a week and he wondered if I could watch their home for them while they were away. I told him that I could and I would be glad to. I walked away thinking that his trust in me was rare and I was certainly not going to let him down. Yes, I would watch the house for him. Yes, I would watch it carefully. Yes, I would question anyone who showed up there and if necessary get license plate numbers and call 911. I would do that for anyone in my neighborhood including new neighbors.
Yes, we have new neighbors but, we now have two new friends as well!