Our Next-Door Neighbor

Heartwarming stories from “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books are considered timeless literature for me. I can pick any story from any of these series at any time in my life and feel wonderful and uplifted. There’s a quote that reminds me of an event that happened during Christmas time many years ago.

We once had a neighbor who moved from New York into the house next to ours. She was a friendly and attractive lady who my siblings and I always waved to her and wished her a good morning. At the time, my siblings and I were all young children.

She had some mannerisms that were unfamiliar to us in the suburbs. She also had a habit of gardening in the front yard in her bathing suit catching the attention of any males who happened to walk their dogs into our cul-de-sac. My visiting cousins made fun of her, but I came to her defense saying that she never caused us any harm and looked out for us. I suspected that even if she heard my cousins speaking behind her back, she wouldn’t have cared what they thought because she was confident in who she was.

One Christmas day, we heard our doorbell ring. My siblings and I ran to the front door and looked outside the window. There was a wrapped package outside our door. I saw the back of a blond woman’s head and she herself was dressed in a lush red Christmas coat like Mrs. Clause. It was our neighbor, but she didn’t stay to chat probably due to any language barriers.

During a time when we didn’t have to be weary of potential bomb packages outside residential homes, we naturally brought the box inside and opened it since it was from our non-malicious neighbor. Inside our neighbor packed all sorts of goodies for us. We were amazed all all the snacks, toys, and refrigerator holiday magnets she packed for us.

I think back on this memory and feel that it’s a special moment when a neighbor wants to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in spite of the increasing cynicism and all things that go on in the world. I’m grateful that we had such a great neighbor while growing up!

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  1. V.J. Knutson says:

    What a lovely story. She taught you much, that lady who dared to be herself.

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      She certainly did! Our relationship has influenced me and those she’s interacted with, I’m sure.

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  2. Sadje says:

    She must’ve been a lovely person

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Yes, definitely so. She has a lovely broad beaming smile. I’m sure if she had a blog she would spread sunshine and humor throughout the community. πŸ™‚

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  3. Merry Christmas πŸŽ„

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Merry Christmas to you too!!πŸŒŸπŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„πŸŽ†πŸŽ

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  4. -Eugenia says:

    What a heartwarming story and so lovely to read on Christmas eve. Merry Christmas and wishing you a joyous holiday season.

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  5. judeitakali says:

    Such a beautiful festive tale Saly.
    Chicken soup for the soul sounds amazing.

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Chicken Soup for the Soul is for the days where you want to relax. πŸ™‚

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  6. judeitakali says:

    It’s Christmas morning. I’m off to the kitchen. Merry Christmas dear SalπŸŽ„β€οΈπŸŒ·

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Hope you had a blast cooking or baking!

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    2. Ramblingswithusha says:

      Great neighbor to have, spreading warmth. The title ‘chicken soup for the soul’ sounds interesting.

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      1. theresaly520 says:

        Yes! She was an absolute delight! The whole series is a touching collection. πŸ™‚

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