Why I like my neighbors: they are like family. Individual family members are each different in their own ways. I haven't chosen them, but they are a regular part of my life. They are not like co-workers. They are not like professionals with similar backgrounds to mine. They are not necessarily people I would choose to go out to art shows or movies with. However, we check on each other regularly. Maybe someone is not feeling well, we help with garbage removal, or headache medicine, or just a listening ear.We check on each other's 'community' cats. If cats are in need of some homeopathic remedy, we find solutions. For example, Pompom, who is one of the neighborhood's favorite cats, had a rash; I looked for an available remedy and found that applying a catnip solution would help, and it did. If a cat is loose and not used to being outside, we find him. My next door neighbor has an orange tabby that visits me twice a day for food and affection. She helps pay for his food because he eats a lot. If there is a need of a vet visit, someone will help bring me instead of riding the bus with a scared cat on the bus.
In Florida, we face frightening hurricanes. It is so comforting to know that there are friendly people close by to help get through this challenging weather. We also do yard sales together. And decorate the complex for Christmas.. When I lived in NYC, I had friends, but I can't say I was involved with my neighbors. There are so many people there living in close quarters that it was almost better to keep a distance. I like my neighbors. It's a blessing!