Neighbors can be a blessing, or a curse, and often it's nothing more than luck of the draw.
When we were first married, and living in an apartment, the woman in the apartment under us would play her music so loudly that the floor of our apartment would vibrate -- literally. Our china and glassware rattled in the cabinets. I was afraid that pictures would fall off the walls. Later, in our first house, we lived next to a man who would have violent arguments with his girlfriend at all hours of the night. Then he abandoned the house completely, and left it to fall into complete disrepair.
So, I know what it's like to have bad neighbors, and how much neighbors impact the quality of our daily lives. Lucky for us, for years now we have been blessed with wonderful neighbors. We live next to families with young children, so my kids have playmates right next door -- and that, in and of itself, is a blessing. But in addition, our neighbors are responsible, caring, helpful people, really the definition of what a "good neighbor" should be. And that, my friends, is a huge, continuing, daily blessing!
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