Neighbors make a place feel like home

My neighbor, Jeanie Miller, recently reminded me how social behavior can positively influence communities. She was telling me of her days as a young mother in Waunakee remodeling her home and living in a nearby two flat. She explained, “The old ladies in the neighborhood taught me how to be a good neighbor. They brought me food, talked to me, and showed me the way.”

To all our neighbors, I thank you. You are passing neighborliness onto the next generation. It is the little things like fresh bread, carrots, corn, or hot cross buns that make a neighborhood feel like home. Occasionally, it is the glass of wine, coffee, or beer that make us feel closer together while we unexpectedly spend hours catching up. As summer wraps up and we prepare to spend more time inside, I am reminded that old homes and nostalgic neighborhood charm make downtown Waunakee a great place to live.

Ann Lewandowski

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