Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
We’ve all heard the expression; “A good fence makes good neighbors.” I’ve been rebuilding my 200 feet of fence all summer long. I live on a corner lot with a power-line behind me, so I only have one actual neighbor as the other ‘neighbors’ are the power transmission company and the city.
Every winter for years the city would plow the public sidewalk beside my house and every year I would report the damage they did to my fence and they would come and “fix” it. My fence got uglier every year. After doing this for ten years the city told me they would no longer plow beside my house and that I needed to do something about my ugly fence.
We procrastinated for a few years but finally we decided to take the plunge. Down came the old, ugly, beat-up, rotten fence. That was the easy part.
Then came all the hard work and at the very same time the fence between me and my only neighbor started to fall apart as well – another 100 feet of fence needed to be fixed, fast. I used a bunch of the wood from my demolition and that saved the day(s).
As I worked on public part of my fence, I started meeting some of my ‘neighbors’. People who have been walking by my house for as many as 28 years started talking to me. One day I even met a crew of city workers as they worked on the road beside our house.
I’ve come to call some of my neighbors ‘friends’. Practicing my Thorncliff outreach skills; I pet their dogs, and I greet them with a friendly smile and pleasant conversation. One couple started bringing me coffee, and others stop and chat every time they pass by.
Its unanimous, they love my new fence (and maybe they have a friend in their newly discovered neighbor?)