I really don’t do well in social situations with strangers, so I do my best to avoid them. But when we got new neighbors, I knew I had to go over and welcome them. Our next door neighbors came over to welcome us when we first moved in, so now it my turn to pass on the torch. It can be hard when you’re at a new military base and don’t know anyone. Especially when that Army base is at least a five hour flight from the rest of the country.
To make things less stressful, I just bought a package of break and bake cookies. No need to worry about mixing or cleaning or making sure you don’t poison anyone. When it came time to bake, I was disappointed that I had only bought a 12-pack of extra large cookies. I still kept four of them anyway.
After baking and cooling, I placed the cookies on a paper plate and topped it with aluminum foil. Eight cookies fit perfectly on the plate. I wrapped some twine around it and attached the little card that I made on PicMonkey and printed onto cardstock. On the back of the card I wrote a little message and included my phone number.
It took a bit of convincing to get me out the door, but I finally headed over. Out of all the four places that we’ve lived, this has been the only place where the neighbors came and introduced themselves. I had to keep reminding myself how nice of a gesture it was. I timed it perfectly for 11 am to make sure that no husbands would be home on lunch break. I had no interest in dealing with that awkwardness.
After introducing myself and Adri, handing over the cookies, and chatting for a minute or two, I was back on my merry way home. I was glad that I went with “welcome to the neighborhood” instead of “welcome to Hawaii”, because it turns out that they had literally moved over from the community across the street from us. How anticlimactic. I’ll just consider this time a practice run for when we have a new family PCS here.
Have your neighbors ever stopped by to welcome you to the neighborhood?
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