Neighbor Appreciation Day began in 1995 when Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood suggested that the City designate “a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other.” Mayor Norm Rice proclaimed the Saturday before Valentine’s Day as Neighbor Appreciation Day. The observance has grown every year since. Learn more about the City of Seattle’s Neighbor Appreciation Day here.
This year, we’re inviting Wallingford Neighbors to let us know what they think makes our neighbors so great? In the comments section below, choose to answer any or all of the following questions or just tell us a story about a great Wallingford neighbor! Heck, feel free to tell a story of a great neighbor from any community you’ve lived in!
- What does it mean to be a good neighbor?
- What qualities make a good neighbor?
- What do appreciate about your neighbors?
My neighbors, Janette & Mike
Personally, I really appreciate my neighbors Janette & Mike. They’re a retired couple who live next door to me and my housemates and are super-friendly! I feel like I’m in a 50’s TV show, leaning over the fence to chat with Janette about our gardens and what birds we’ve seen. She has a really elaborate bird-feeder & bath setup, so we get “atwitter” when we see unusual and exotic birds come to her feeders. Her husband Mike is a tinkerer who likes to work on cars and has even built a few of his own. So when I have trouble with my car, I know I can ask him and he will give me good advice. Mike & Janette walk the neighborhood nearly every day, and when I see them while I’m walking my dog, they are often having cheerful and engaging conversations with other neighbors, too. It’s people like Janette & Mike who are the glue that keeps our neighborhood connected, because they don’t hesitate to reach out. I really appreciate them!
Whom do you appreciate in Wallingford?