Title: N- Neighbors
Blog Entry: Neighbors.  I've heard that in 'cities', people don't know their neighbors.  In small towns, everyone knows everyone else. Our town is 'in between'. At approximately 42,000 people, I actually don't run into people I know very often when out shopping--except for my actual neighbors.   My senior class--the last before the 'split' when a second public high school appeared--was 800.  A few of my fellow  graduates became public figures, but other than those, I don't actually see many of my class.  Of course, that's probably because many have moved out of this area; Scott AFB accounted for quite a few of my fellow students--and military people move frequently.  But talking about actual 'neighbors' is different. I know everyone in close proximity.  Of course, our 'neighborhood' is a mobile home community; it consists of 96 homes.  Ten years ago, when my husband and I were 'managers' here, I could name who lived in every single home.  Now, many of those have changed: moved, sold their homes, etc.  And we have more 'rental' homes now than we did back then.  But  I still 'know' many people who live here.   As we've all aged, my husband and I have helped many of our senior citizens over the years.  It seems that many 'families' seem to ignore senior citizens. So neighbors become more important. When we need something, there is always someone there volunteering to help us, as well. And yes, we've lost friends/neighbors over the years.  I still miss my good friend/neighbor Audrey, who passed away 4 years ago at age 87. And my husband misses his friends who also passed a few years ago:  Glen, Ron, Jimmy.   No, the neighborhood just isn't the same without them. However, we've made new  friends as others moved into our neighborhood.  Across the street are Trudy and Steve; around the corner--Rufus & Jennifer with their children; farther down the street is Barb. Between us and Barb are others, like the Mueller sisters.  Those are just a few that I can name offhand; my husband can name at least another couple of dozen.  So yes, neighbors are important.  They know they can count on us just as we can count on them, should the need arise.