The only known photo of a living Quagga in a London Zoo 1870.
(I had to look it up: extinct subspecies of plains zebra that lived in South Africa
(FIRST: Posting early we are off on a day trip to check our mail and have lunch with Don & Evelyn up in Leesburg.)
(Are real neighbors becoming extinct?)
If you know your neighbors you are probably unique. In our small town many people still know their neighbors, but just as many do not. We have become a transient society and many times the ‘permanent’ neighbor will only be around a year, before transferring.
I read once that ‘willing to relocate’ was high on THE SUCCESSFUL resume’s, due to national companies.
(This view changes. This was aboard the USAF Academy in Colorado)
In that respect we RV’ers are ‘nearly normal’. Our neighbors or WE, move every two or three weeks. I thought of this as I watched the neighbor across the street here in Kissimmee pull out. I never spoke to him. We smiled and waved, and then in a few days he is gone. We may possibly see him again, but most likely not.
Sherry was raised on Mill Hills. I was raised around them and most of my friends were from the Mill Hills. Back then, even if a neighbor moved, it was usually across town to another Mill Hill and you would still see them in town, at the grocery store or at school.
We used to smile at Sonny my buddy. For about 80 of his years here on earth he never moved over a block and a half. That was to a different Mill House in Paw Creek. He lived in four different houses. One oddity is three of those houses are owned by his family now.
I smiled when I learned that Stevie, Sonny & Colette’s son, bought and remodeled the home in which he was born. Making them owning three. He is/or will rent it out. So he and/or his sister now own three of the four.
Yes, there was a time we Americans knew most everyone on our street. Houses were never locked and keys stayed in the ignitions of the cars. Kids roamed at will and at times you would hear someone call loudly for a boy or girl. Word was passed along until the kid got the word, your mama is calling. Might not be as efficient as the cell phone, but it was cheaper and effective.
Now at this stage of life, I know that period of time is gone. Backyard neighbors, fence neighbors and good friendly neighborhoods are disappearing.
Is it better or worse? YES is the answer. It is all in the way you look at it.
I believe I read this on Ma’s blog: IF YOU THINK YOU CAN OR THINK YOU CANNOT .… YOU ARE CORRECT!