Thursday, September 20, 2007

Good Neighbors

On our tiny street, just one car wide and eight houses long, we have some wonderful neighbors - every age and stage from small children to a lovely silver-haired lady who has lived here since the 1930s when she and her late husband built the first house on the block.

In the years we have lived here, we have seen the children grow from youngsters having their pony birthday parties into bright young things headed for college. The silver haired lady had cancer surgery some years ago and scared us all, but she's fine now. Some of my fondest memories include Hallowe'ens admiring the kids' outlandish costumes and, one summer evening as I drove in after a hard day's work, being chased by five middle schoolers joyously waving and shouting "Welcome home! Welcome home!"

This is the last peach on our tree. Rosy and plump outside and no doubt sweet and juicy inside, it is only a day away from picking itself and releasing the hardworking tree to a well-deserved rest. I left this one on the tree as a gift to our neighbor, P, who hauled all our berry canes, ivy vines and tree stumps to the dump for us in his handy trailer. Sad that this remarkable Season of the Peach is ending, but it seemed a fitting gift for an extraordinary display of neighborliness.


17 Comments:

Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

Yeah, but have you seen Noodles? The poodle? After 6 months of being ferral, the doggie lives on!

Biggles

Thursday, September 20, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Biggles, huh? I think you may have had one too many of those brewskis!

Thursday, September 20, 2007  
Blogger Dagny said...

What a sweet gift. (Insert groan here.) Because neighbors like that are hard to find.

Friday, September 21, 2007  
Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

Naw, you don't know about Noodles? The Poodle? Well then, you certainly know about Gus? The 3rd generation fire hydrant sitter? A few years ago, ol' Gus got hit by a bus, he's fine now.

Your neighborhood rules.

Noodles is a poodle that a woman adopted from the humane society. She's elderly and when arrived home the first day with Noodles, was knocked down by the dog. Doggie ran away and nobody has been able to knab her. Or him. She's at large! Have you seen noodles?

Biggles

Friday, September 21, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Biggles, is this a true story or a children's book about Noodles the Poodle and Gus who was hit by a Bus? Rhyming heroes?

Friday, September 21, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Dagny, you are so right! And we love them right back!

Friday, September 21, 2007  
Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

All true. The poor woman broke her hip when she fell too. I know what that feels like and it ain't fun.

And there used to be a painting of Gus up on the wall at Santa Fe market, but the new owners pulled a bunch down. It was done by a local painter, very nice painting too. Ol' Gus got a lot of money when that bus smacked him.

Biggles

Friday, September 21, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Hey, Biggles, interesting stories and, no, I hadn't heard about either of them. Haven't seen Noodles, either! Great stories! How come you know so much about my neighborhood?

Friday, September 21, 2007  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Who are you all bunch of East Bay hillbillies, with your stories about free food and stray dogs? Jeez.
Marin. Y'know? Zenny. Ommm.
K'ack!!

Friday, September 21, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Cookiecrumb, you Marin snob you, we love life over here even if we aren't very zen! :-)

Friday, September 21, 2007  
Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

I've got a co-worker that's lived there a huge portion of his life. He knows much about many and has a large window that opens up on to the street where he can watch it all transpire. Plus his mother lives there and a cousin of mine lives about town. And I enjoy watching tom butts attempt to fence off national park lands for his own.

Biggles

Saturday, September 22, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Biggles, I seeee..... you have spies in the area! :-) I like Tom Butts, seems to be one of the few on our city council with any brains, although I do like the new mayor's orientation.

Saturday, September 22, 2007  
Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

One of my favorite ones is where he promised at council meetings that he would never sell his property to starbucks or anyone of such ilk. Within months starbucks bought and moved in. He's also known for pulling building permits at a whim. No explanation, never a reason. I'll bring you more from the frontlines.

Biggles

Saturday, September 22, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Biggles, yes, but are the others any better? Don't think so! And Starbucks, while we were all doubtful initially, has turned out to be a good thing for the town...

Sunday, September 23, 2007  
Blogger Tea said...

Lovely post, lovely peach (and you know, I know my peaches:-).

Monday, September 24, 2007  
Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

Ahhhhhhhhrrrrrrghh. I just totally typed in paragraph after paragraph. Got sidetracked (had to actually work) and closed the browser.

Sigh. Yeah, that was one of the better stories. There are quite a few more than involve goats, bees, the trainmasters building and the "town square". Waaaah.

Biggles

Tuesday, September 25, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Tea, glad you enjoyed it! Maybe we can get together when you get settled and have a coffee or something together. I work in the city so could meet you...

Biggles, how frustrating! Guess I'll just have to treat you to a coffee at Starbucks one day to hear all the local dirt! :-)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007  

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