Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer of Neighbors

Bill Santos of Columbia Compass suggests using social media to let the community know about how you are celebrating this summer, by using the hashtag #summerofneighbors.  He gives some examples; I'll share a few here:

Girls night out and dancing under the people tree - #summerofneighbors

Monday movie night at #lakekittamaquandi.  Mr. B is awesome #summerofneighbors

Impromptu house party last night, I <3 living in #Longfellow #summerofneighbors

I am intrigued by this idea. I can't wait to see how it unfolds. But when I woke up this morning, I realized that I have a problem.  My tweets would invariably look like this:

Family Game night with take-out from Maiwand. #summerofneighbors

Cooking up a storm with A. after picking up CSA share. #summerofneighbors

Finally meeting up with the ice cream truck at Hopewell Pool. #summerofneighbors

Notice anything? A complete lack of neighbors. I spend almost 100 percent of my social time with my immediate family. I'm happy about that. I love my family. But somehow I don't think that spending the summer encased in the familial bubble was what Mr. Santos had in mind.

So, I have a challenge. Put a little more neighbor into my Summer. I'm really good at being shy and a homebody. Plus, I tend to withdraw into a shell during times of high heat and humidity. But the journey of a thousand miles begins...well, with a walk to Walgreen's. (Now, that's another story altogether.)

I'm determined to give it a shot because I am even more interested in what happens after the #summerofneighbors. Aren't you?


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