Neighbors stroll by as they walk
their dogs: all sizes, colors and
shapes. Not as often we observe a cat
on a leash. Sitting in his favorite front
porch rocking chair, my husband muses
that we have our own petting zoo. A
daring rabbit hopped right up to him on
the porch recently, neither afraid of the other.
Our garden snake meanders nearby to
find shade on a hot summer day. We
continue to be entertained by birds singing.
The backyard is a source of more
entertainment as we watch the chipmunks,
and squirrels. Never a dull moment in our
neck of the woods. Sometimes a neighbor
strolls by, waves and walks into the yard
to exchange a short conversation while
I cut a fresh bouquet of zinnias to give to
her as we smile. We hear children at play in
a backyard swimming pool. Sometimes
they accept an invitation to draw some artwork
in our driveway with chalk. When they leave
behind remnants, I have been known to draw
a smiley face or two especially on trash day as
I greet the workers. It’s the neighborly thing
to do. We wave and greet neighbors who
drive by too. I think Mr. Rogers would approve.
May you enjoy nature and friends on your stroll!