I’ve mentioned my neighbor girl a few times before but haven’t said a lot about her. She is in 4th grade and is so sweet. I first met her the day before I was suppose to have surgery on my foot. I was walking out my driveway on the way to take Ruby for a walk when she came walking by. She had recently moved in in a house across the road and a few houses down. We chatted for quite awhile. She told me about her family and a few things about them.
I had Ruby with me and Ruby instantly liked her. The girl was easy to like. She was good at conversation, polite and sweet. I instantly liked her too. I ended up talking to her and asked if she would come to my house over the course of the next seven weeks and walk Ruby on days when she was free. She said sure.
A few days later the neighbor girl showed up and took Ruby for a walk. She ended up coming a few times a week and we started building a relationship. I was tickled to have a young friend. As we saw each other more and more often we got to know each other better.
I had told her often if she ever needed anything that she could come to our house. I told her time and time again that Hubby is a fireman and first responder so if she ever needed anything we would help. At one point she ended up coming to my house on a day when she was home alone and her cat died. I was so sad her but I was so happy that she trusted us.
Then at Halloween time I didn’t see her much anymore. By then my cast was off and I had started taking Ruby on short walks but I’d still have happily let the neighbor girl walk her too. I couldn’t take Ruby as far as she wanted to go.
Time passed and I didn’t see her and didn’t see her. She’s from a split parent family so I didn’t know if the other parent got custody or what happened. I didn’t see her outside anymore either. I worried but didn’t want to be that neighbor that was minding other people’s business. I didn’t know what to do. I talked with Hubby several times about it determined that somehow I wanted to check on her.
Then a week or so ago it had snowed. I was outside cleaning up the snow that the snowblower couldn’t get to. I saw that her siblings were outside shoveling off the walk. I ran into the house, packaged up some of the Christmas treats I had made and took them over to her house. I included a Christmas card and wrote a note inside saying that I missed her. Ruby missed her and hoped that she was okay.
The next day my doorbell rang. It was my neighbor girl and her mom. I was so happy…so very happy. I knew she was okay.
She brought with her a box…it was a present for me. We chatted with her and her mom and found out that her mom had a new boyfriend and sometimes they spent time at his house. That explained why I had been missing her. We ended up making a date to do some baking a couple days later. I was delighted.
After she left, I opened the present from her. There were goodies and a note.
I’ll admit. I started crying when I read the note. Kalissa read it and she started crying too….
Here’s what it said. (I deciphered the misspellings for you)
“Thank you so much for the cookies. They are so good and the card. It is cool. I miss you too. I miss the kids, your daughter and Ruby, Betsy, Puppycat and your husband. Thank you for being there for me. Thank you for being the best neighbor ever. I never had any neighbor to be nice to me like you. I like you alot. I hope you never forget me so I am giving you this stuff to you. The rock is so special. I had it since I was a baby. The necklace is a friendship necklace and last but not least the headband. I got that for you for Christmas. Thank you for everything.”
After Kalissa read it she said “Mom, that’s your favorite present ever, isn’t it!” By then we were both crying again. Yes…it is my favorite present ever.
The neighbor girl ended up coming over a couple days later. We made some cookies and then we made homemade pizza. I made one for my family and I helped her make one for hers. Then I helped her carry the cookies and pizza back to her house.
I couldn’t be happier that she is in my life. She said she has trouble with math facts so I offered to help her with flash cards… I’d be honored to help her. I’ll say it time and time again…she’s such a sweetie. I’m so glad she is in my life.