When I moved into my apartment last fall, I was careful to choose a place in which I would feel safe. I live in a tower of apartments in the middle of downtown, and there are several stories between my living space and the ground. There is a staff of people available 24 hours a day. You can’t access the building without a key fob or a code, and the same applies to the elevators and stairwells. New Orleans isn’t exactly known for its safety, but I feel safe here.
The Suit lives a mile away. Jeff is only a few miles away, and Candi is only a few miles away in another direction. It makes me feel secure to know that people who care about me are close. I like having friends at my place too so I’ve been hoping to make more friends in my neighborhood.
Friday night I met some folks who live in my building when my friends and I were upstairs enjoying our game night, and I spent time with a couple of them this morning as well. It seems like they want to be friends, and I want the same thing.
I think it’s important to know the people who live close to you, but it’s also fun to invite someone over without worrying about where they’ll park or if they’ll want to come downtown. My friends are pretty amazing about coming to my part of town, but the hassle of getting here doesn’t exist for those of us who are already here. 🙂
I’ve always been pretty outgoing, but I seem to be making a lot of new connections now at home and through church lately. And I like it.
Do you know your neighbors? Do you have any interest in being friends with them?