How are you doing on building your neighborhood, your community?
Here’s a picture of a community built on the sea by early settlers. Plimoth has been recreated so we can visit and get a sense of what it felt like to be a part of this long-ago neighborhood.
Winding dirt paths surrounded the houses so people could walk about and visit and work together.
They helped each other build their homes and fences.
They chopped trees and formed a community woodpile so they could all fight the cold of the New England winters.
They fashioned benches so they could sit in the sun and share a laugh.
The neighborhood contained people who worked hard, constructed things together, sat awhile with each other, talked, smiled, cared.
Our neighborhoods today don’t usually have wooden-stake fences. Some are online communities with no visible paths. Still, we can connect with others using invisible cords of friendship. As much as online interaction is maligned, it can be good. We can reach out to each other on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and other ways to form an ever-growing neighborhood not limited by land space. Our words, sent into cyberspace, can bring a smile, light up a face, prompt a laugh. We just need to be intentional enough to make it happen.
Who will you include in your neighborhood this week? Who needs a friendly hello from you? A chuckle? Who needs to figuratively sit and share a bench and just catch up on life with you?
Linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesdays and with Texture Tuesdays, where the theme this week is “black and white.” The photos of Plimoth are processed using Kim Klassen’s textures And Then Some and Crackerjack. Also linking up with Inspired Tuesday!
The wonderful Plimoth Plantation opened this week for the 2012 season. If you’re in the Boston area, be sure to visit! For a perspective on life from the view of the Pilgrims, here’s another post you may enjoy.