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Date:9/22/2014 1:17:37 PM
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Neighbors, Part I
Neighborliness is something that historically has been attributed to rural and farming communities. One has only to watch episodes of "Little House on the Prairie" or "The Waltons" to see examples of this. To be honest, the ethnic neighborhoods in cities like New York and Chicago can also boast of possessing the same neighborliness that we Countrymen boast of. In short, when people of good will live in the same locality they tend to look out for each other. It is one of the sadder aspects of our increasingly fast-paced urban and suburban society that citizens no longer feel obligated to do this.

When I was a boy, I noticed that my Pa went out of his way to help the neighbors. He would let our neighbors to the south help themselves to the surplus from our gardens. He would also mentor the local young men who had no father figures in their lives. He taught a few how to fish Splinter Crick or how to hunt. As I might've mentioned before, we never had to worry about the local toughs vandalizing or stealing Truckey property because they felt a debt of honor to that friendly old Frenchman.

After I grew up, I followed my Pa's example of neighborliness. I was also the recipient of many acts of neighborliness Chuck Wellens, who worked for the local Electrical Co-op, helped put in the electric hook-up to out trailer back in '86. When I inquired how much to pay him, he answered, "You're just gonna piss me off to ask that." As Chuck was, (and still is) a powerfully built man, I acquiesced. Fifteen years later, when we were building a garage, Chuck wired the electrical hook-up as well. I remembered not to even broach the subject of reparation. Some six years later, when I retired from the Navy Reserves, Chuck was surprised when I invited him and his wife Melissa to the my retirement ceremony. Well duh! More about neighbors next time. -- Gary
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