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Guys, it’s nearly a year that we moved. Time just flies right?
Around this time last year, Mer and I were frantically packing, decluttering and sorting through all our stuff in our small apartment. It’s really crazy how much stuff we managed to accumulate in the 6 or so years we lived there. In hindsight we were so incredibly wasteful and that purge was somewhat of a turning point for us. Even more insane was the amount of stuff we found while packing that we’d completely forgotten about! Shoes, books, baby toys, kitchen gadgets, decorative items – the list goes on and on and on.
Most of the stuff we no longer had a need for was nearly brand new and if not was still very much useful and still had a ton of life. We knew we wanted to re-home it and after discussing whether we wanted to pack it all up and dump it off at a local charity we decided we’d share some of it with our neighbors. Slowly but surely, we made our way down our old block and left gifts for our neighbors in their mailboxes. A neighbor that was always on her porch reading got a few new books. The family down the street who just had a new baby got a few baby toys and some clothes Margsy outgrew. The couple with the meticulous lawn got gardening stuff that we knew we wouldn’t need. We made our way down the block and before long nearly every neighbor got a little something from us. We even dropped off a window air conditioner to a sweet elderly woman who had told me the year prior that her apartment got unbearably hot in the summer months.
You might find it incredibly strange to be dumping stuff off at the neighbors. But, I lived my entire life on that block – moving one door over after getting married so I literally knew everyone on the crescent really well. These people were a permanent part of my childhood, adolescence and adult life. I have many fond memories of these wonderful folks and felt like showing them a some love before we left.
When we moved here to this tiny blue cottage we were met with friendly faces. We quickly became friends with our neighbors and when the lovely family living to our left sold their home last month I found myself having the decluttering conversation with them. Overwhelmed at the amount of stuff they had to pack, the couple asked us for some tips on how we managed to pack it all up. We told them the basics of how we did it and then told them the story of the mailboxes. They laughed and we thought they had forgotten.
For the last week or so, gifts have been showing up in our mailbox.
One day a tiny toddler sized straw hat.
The next, butterfly wings.
Then, a book.
and finally a small child sized guitar (it was left on the porch and not the mailbox because clearly it didn’t fit 😉
At first Mer and I wondered who was gifting us these treasures. We had completely forgotten we had told them and had no idea where this stuff was coming from. Then, one day it clicked. The neighbors were paying it forward the same way we did before we left our old stomping grounds.
Now, every time Margsy strums that small guitar we’ll think of the lovely family that lived next door.