i never wanted to live in the woods or high up in the hills with a great view but no neighbors in sight, even though this is the dream of so many folks who move to Vermont. i like to look out my window and see houses with lights in their windows, and kids on bikes, and dogs being walked.
my neighbor across the street - i'll bet i only had about 5 conversations with her, mostly just saying hello, nice day, but i knew her so well and she probably knew us just as well. i watched her toddlers play in mud puddles, learn to ride bikes, go off to school, have pool parties when they got a big above ground pool, learn to drive! Their tiny dog always had something to say when I went out the front door.
likewise my neighbor to the south - 2 big dogs outside always greeted us from their tie-lines as we came and went. we talked to them and patted them, and worried that one would escape the line and come jump on me affectionately! these dogs were big! and friendly! we did try to talk to those neighbors, but they were strangely private and mysterious. i hope the dogs are ok wherever they have all disappeared to.
neither place will have xmas lights this year to brighten the winter darkness ...they stand empty. one neighbor moved due to her health, the house is for sale. the other folks mysteriously vanished two months ago, and courteous strangers sent by a bank have been taking photos, asking questions, planning to spruce it up i hope.
the house behind ours will be dark soon, too, sold out to our local Very Rich Man who has a history of buying houses and removing them, gaining a prettier view while eliminating a decent family home. we will be like an island here! perhaps we should consider putting up xmas lights. do they make them shaped like little Buddhas?