Wednesday, May 30, 2012


T is my neighbor across the street
our town is a pop-up oilfield town and you might find
the nicest homes across the street from a trailer park
(our zoning commission has changed this)

we just accept it

T lives with his mom and their house is decently nice with huge potential to be awesome
I am reminded that beauty is in the eye of the beholder 
and maybe
he thinks it is awesome
most bachelors would
most busy bachelors could care less about cute little window boxes filled with cheery geraniums

Before I lived at 822, I would drive by his house often and wish I could buy it
because I knew that whoever bought 822 would do what I'm doing and then
 this block could have 4 very nice homes on it.

It would annoy me that 
he would use his hay thrasher to mow and EDGE his front yard
park his truck (and hay thrasher) in his front yard
and that his beautiful turquoise front door was covered up by 28 huge light bulbs for
12 years

But the other day we were about to get a huge thunderstorm on a
shipment of lumber..possibly hail...

He went to his shop and came back with tarps
and helped us cover our wood
and this is what I got to thinking about him

I really like and maybe even love him
he was in the same grade as my youngest brother and they grew up together
he looks exactly like a Spanish Smokey Robinson
he takes good care of his mother
(he just bought her a new ac unit, mows her grass with a tractor, sits outside and visits with her)
he has been known to drink beer from both hands at the same time
he recently moved 28 light bulbs from his front porch

 he came to our rescue in the time of need
to cover up our wood
because he is a good neighbor

And while he and I might not have the same taste in decorating
I can live with the kind of neighbor he is 
because he's a good one!


heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

You never know who's behind those doors when you move to a new neighbourhood and this time your neighbour is a keeper. How lucky for you!!

LKB said...

We seriously live parallel lives you know. My neighbor mows his yard with a weed eater. Just beats the crap out of it till it resembles some bombed out area with scorched earth. However, this is where the similarity ends because the only service MY neighbor provides me is he carries off anything left sitting remotely near the curb (sometimes I have to retrieve it.) AND - he epoxies all sort of objects of art to the brick of his house, mailbox and gas light. I almost died of a heart attack when I thought there was a giant black crow "stalking" the neighborhood from atop his gas light. It was fake and stayed until the weather beat off all his feathers. Embrace T he sounds like a keeper to me!

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Aww, neighbors can be fun, hee, hee.

Rustic Vintage Country said...

You never know, do you? We have a neighbour who does not speak much to anyone and people are lucky if she smiles! Very strange, just a hello would be enough! x

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

I love neighbors like that....who help each other out. T sounds like a great guy! We are very fortunate to have wonderful neighbors that help out, too. Cheers, Loi

Cheryl said...

Aww, I just love this post. We, too, live in a town that's "rough around the edges," but neighbors seem to live compatibly next to and with each other. That being said though, I can't quite grasp how any able bodied person purposely lives with a trashy yard. But that may be the one neighbor who reaches out to someone in need.

There is a trailer park here with very shabby trailers (not even double wides) that is named "Shangri-La" Go figure.

Enjoying your posts so much.

Anonymous said...

sounds like a good neighbor to mean, can't judge a book by its cover and if we all thought the same as everyone else what a boring life this would be, good message in this post!

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Gina:
We should certainly settle for a neighbour such as yours. Kind and considerate wins every time over style for us since, as you say, it is when the bad things happen that you really do appreciate a caring person living next door.

Annmarie Pipa said...

good for you for seeing the person that lives in the house!!!

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

I LOVE this post!! Isn't it amazing how getting to know someone can change your perception of them! What a lovely neighbour to have! BTW - thank you SO much for your lovely comment!


The Vintage Farmhouse said...

I think you and I would really get along! lol You're a trip!

Nancy said...

Good neighbors are like a good bottle of wine! They don't have to be expensive to taste good, or you get my drift. Glad he was there when you needed help. Now you can return the favor one day.
xo Nancy