The best way to celebrate today is by displaying acts of kindness to your neighbors, friends, and anyone who crosses in your path. For those of you with close neighbors. here are a few tips that will help you be a better neighbor for them.
1. If you live in an apartment building, don’t holler to someone at the other end of the hall. Everyone keeps different schedules and we must be conscious that while we are wide awake, others may e sleeping...or have young children that are asleep or napping.
2. There is no reason to hammer a nail on a common wall that you share with the apartment next door past 8:00 at night. It can wait until the next day.
3. Mowing the lawn very early on weekend mornings will not endear you to your neighbors. Wait until at least 10:00 a.m.
4. Sitting outside on a warm summer night with your spouse or friend is wonderful, but if your house is on a small lot, and the neighbor’s bedroom window is close, it’s rude to hold a long conversation on the back porch past 10 p.m. Take it inside so your neighbor can sleep.
5. Avoid all unnecessary noise from any source from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. This includes revving car engines, children riding scooters, loud voices, and whatever else may wake someone from a sound sleep.
If you want to be good neighbor, the best advice is to follow the Golden Rule; treat others the way you would like to be treated. This is a simple rule and makes sense, no matter where your neighbors live.
1. Observe and respect your neighbor’s personal space.
2. Be mindful if you borrow anything. Return the item immediately after using it. If you break the item, pay to fix it or replace it.
3. Don't be the neighborhood gossip.
4. If you have an issue with a neighbor, go directly to that person and discuss it in an adult manner. Don’t call the police unless you are threatened.
5. If you and a neighbor have a misunderstanding, make an extra effort to make things right by shaking hands and at least being on friendly terms. You don’t have to hang out. A simple wave as you pull into the driveway is sufficient.
6. If your neighborhood has a homeowners association, know the rules and follow them.
7. Make sure that trees, shrubs, and other elements don’t creep into your neighbor’s yard. This includes tree limbs, spreading shrubs, and weeds.
8. Remove your kids' toys like bicycles, skateboards, etc. from the front yard at the end of the day.
9. Teach your children to treat your neighbors with respect.
10. Be sure to welcome neighbors when they move in. Introduce yourself as soon as you can. Give the new neighbors your phone number for emergencies. Give the new family a list of services and phone numbers in the area. Include emergency services, doctors’ offices, dentists, schools, places that offer carryout, dry cleaners, and whatever else you can think of.
And while we are on the subject of special things to celebrate today, 16 May is also Love A Tree Day. On this day, trees are celebrated and recognized for the wonderful gift that they are to us. National Love a Tree Day is in the middle of Garden for Wildlife Month.
I may not be a tree frog, but I am a huge fan of trees. The shoreline all along The Great Swamp, aka Land of Lily Pad, is dotted with majestic trees that protect us from bad weather and cool us in the heat of the summer. Most species of trees tend to be long-lived. There are some trees live to be several thousand years old. Trees provide more than just beautiful landscapes and a shady canopy on a sunny day. They play a significant role in reducing erosion and moderating the climate as well as give us oxygen. Large quantities of carbon are stored in their tissues as trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Trees are awesome and they a vital part of nature. This is a good day to plant a new tree or spend some time enjoying the beauty of the trees that are all around you. Snap a few photos of trees, today, and use #LoveATreeDay to them post on social media.
Tomorrow is Endangered Species day and I'll close out the week with a few facts that will, I hope help to raise awareness of all the endangered animals. I know you won't want to miss it!
Until then, please be kind to your neighbors and hug a tree. I hope your day is filled with