This morning I find myself distracted. Holidays do that. I suppose spring does that too. This weekend finding ourselves home and with a 9 ton pile of rock David and I built a 4x6 pond in the display garden. To spite a sudden and aggressive downpour we completed our project and have spent the last day and a half admiring our work. Are we a little crazy for building a pond on our day off? Perhaps.
But, I don't think so. You see, David and I have been building our front yard up over the last month in an effort to create a neighborhood vibe. While we were outside our neighbors stopped by to talk. It worked! You see, we believe that everybody's front yard should be a gathering space. Neighborhoods don't just happen, they have to be cultivated and nurtured. When I spoke about "Naturehood" last week I was thinking about this topic of what a neighborhood really is. I am beginning to feel that if every neighborhood began to stitch itself back together our communities would be healthier. If you have young children (or really any age kid...) and your neighborhood is healthy you have 100 extra eyes and a caring village. If your elderly neighbors are outside more often and chatting in your front yards it's a great way to keep on top of what they might need and offer assistance.
I suppose what I am getting it at is I hope that even if I am the only neighbor to have an open door and yard policy I hope my yard becomes a neighborhood hub. Which is why on Saturday we built another pond and started to invite people up! How are you going to build your life and yard? The two are connected.