Sunday, December 16, 2007

Snow and Neighbors

We’ve had our first real snow of the year! By this morning, we had about 6 inches and maybe one or two more by the end of the day. We spent the morning shoveling our sidewalk and driveway and the sidewalk and driveway for the elderly lady next door.

While we were out shoveling, a 10 year old boy from the next block down was out walking and stopped to play with us in the snow and help shovel a bit. He seemed a bit attention starved and had lots of fun throwing snowballs at us. After a few minutes he told me he needed to get his “gloves” out (I had noticed his bare hands and not very warm looking coat) and was surprised (though I probably shouldn’t have been) to see him pull out a pair of socks and put them on his hands. Wow. I went inside and found a pair of snow gloves that we could give him, which fit him perfectly.

When Dave said something about us going to church at 2:00, he said he sure wished he could come with us sometime. So we told him to ask his dad, and if his dad said it was okay, he could start coming to church with us. I’ll try to stop by their house sometime this week to introduce myself to his dad.

A friend from church asked me today how things were going getting to know our neighbors. We haven’t met many new people, since it’s winter and people aren’t out as much, but we are deepening relationships with the people we do know. In addition to the boy down the street this morning, I’ve spent a good bit of time in the last couple weeks with our neighbor two doors down. She is as sweet, friendly and helpful as can be. I’m really looking forward to being done with my thesis and having more time to be involved in the neighborhood and be able to be more intentional about building relationships.


Julie said...

I love the attention that you gave that little boy!

My father-in-laws younger years sound a lot like his. He met a woman in his neighborhood who started taking him to church. And to look at him now! He's the father of four children, all of whom serving in their local churches. And also a proud grandpa of 8.

You may never know what the seeds God is sowing through you to him will produce.

Mark and Courtney said...

Winter is a hard time to get to know neighbors. Even in St Louis, there just aren't as many people out. In the summer, everyone is out sitting on their front stoop, chatting and watching the kids play in the street. But in the winter it almost looks deserted!