In the town I work in they have these yard signs that say 'best neighbor'. I am always amused when I see them. I suppose you get the award for how clean and neat your yard and house is. The yards are always lovely. They are neatly trimmed with little to no tree branches or materials. The bushes are well cut and clean. Each blade of grass is the proper length.
The house bricks are clean or in the rare chance it is a wooden or vinyl house it doesn't have mildew and is well painted. There isn't old cars or chairs or anything visible to break up the landscape either.
In the past I guess 3 or 4 years since I started using a wheelchair my ideas about things have changed. At time I roll up and down sidewalks in my powerchair. I like going places by myself if I can. Like I said my view has changed. I am surprised at the houses and businesses that have lovely well taken care of houses/buildings with horrible sidewalks. I realize sidewalks may not technically be part of their yard but really?
The grass growing or that they just blew onto the sidewalk is theirs. The branches form their bushes or trees are theirs too. I don't know how many times I have been scratched up by branches. The bushes around the house are well sculpted though.
I think whoever is giving out these awards should add a category about the sidewalks. That is who you can really tell which household has good neighbors or not.
While they are at it a question about whether the household's vehicle is parked over the side walk would be informative too. Many homes have vehicles parked in the driveway but over the sidewalk blocking wheelchairs and pedestrians. Maybe you have to go in the street to get by or turn around and go back far enough to get to the street.
How neighborly is that? Is there a law about that?
Till next time.