A bit ago, I stopped trying to make friends in my neighborhood out of consideration for my family. It was a harsh situation.
When I got home from jail, I decided that while I wouldn’t seek out friends in my neighborhood, anyone who approached me was fair game. I have one friend here now. She talked to me first. Some things she does drive me up the wall. 🙂 She’s very sweet.
Our situation seems to be changing here. For a long time, everyone was very stilted around us. Now, everyone waves and smiles at us. A few have even begun stopping by when we’re in the yard to say hello.
Today, a young man came to me while I was mowing our lawn. He’d decided to put aside the fears our neighbors expressed about my religion (“If you piss her off, she might sick spirits on you with her witching.”) and get to know me. He was really nice.
He started the conversation about how cool it was I was using a mower that uses no electricity or gas and is good for the environment. He said that people around here think we’re really nice people, just keep to ourselves a lot. He said the fact that we’re so friendly when people talk to us actually confuses them. ::grin::
He’s very into video games and will probably approach Mr. Pearbuckle soon since they seem to have a lot in common, hobby-wise. He was very friendly and welcoming. It was a nice, completely unexpected moment in my day.