Where is the sense of community?

I need to have a quick rant....
I waved to a passing car the other day. I had no idea who they were I was just walking along and I thought I would give them a wave. Anyway, this car stopped and stared at me and then reversed back to me, wound down the window and the lady said to me "Do I know you?" I said that I didn't know her and I was just saying hello. To that she just went "Oh!" and wound up her window and drove off.

I couldn't believe that people don't just give each other a wave anymore. Where has the sense of community gone? We moved from a little town outside of Toowoomba which was oozing with community to the Sunshine Coast and not once have we felt like we belonged to a community. Maybe that's something that is hard to achieve when you don't have any children? But I can't believe that I am the only one craving it.

So my next challenge is to meet everyone on my new street. I am thinking about baking something each day and taking it to the neighbours and introducing myself. What do you think? I'll let you know how I go....

4 comments:

Bertie x said...

Hey good for you, people just don't seem to have time for others anymore. Keep up the community spirit.
Bertie x

Elissa said...

Wow I cannot believe how rude she was. All the best with your neighbours I think it sounds like a wonderful idea.

rabbit and the duck said...

I think your baking for the neighbours is a great idea! And I don't think community spirit is totally lost - I have a friend who lives in a trendy part of inner city Melbourne. Her street and the neighbouring streets have set up a 'share' program, where they trade time or things with each other. For instance, you might baby sit your next door neighbours child, in return for some excess lemons from their lemon tree. I was so touched to hear about this, I didn't think it was possible to find something like that outside of a country town. My friend knows all her neighbours and whenever I visit we usually end up bumping into someone she knows. I need to move to her suburb I think : )

Through My Kitchen Window said...

Its funny. After we got back from our big "outback" trip, we were used to acknowledging every vehicle we passed. We continued to do after we arrived home. The faces on people as we drove by was a sad reminder we had better stop that now. People looked almost confused by our wave. Yes it is sad isn't it.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Where is the sense of community?

I need to have a quick rant....
I waved to a passing car the other day. I had no idea who they were I was just walking along and I thought I would give them a wave. Anyway, this car stopped and stared at me and then reversed back to me, wound down the window and the lady said to me "Do I know you?" I said that I didn't know her and I was just saying hello. To that she just went "Oh!" and wound up her window and drove off.

I couldn't believe that people don't just give each other a wave anymore. Where has the sense of community gone? We moved from a little town outside of Toowoomba which was oozing with community to the Sunshine Coast and not once have we felt like we belonged to a community. Maybe that's something that is hard to achieve when you don't have any children? But I can't believe that I am the only one craving it.

So my next challenge is to meet everyone on my new street. I am thinking about baking something each day and taking it to the neighbours and introducing myself. What do you think? I'll let you know how I go....

4 comments:

Bertie x said...

Hey good for you, people just don't seem to have time for others anymore. Keep up the community spirit.
Bertie x

Elissa said...

Wow I cannot believe how rude she was. All the best with your neighbours I think it sounds like a wonderful idea.

rabbit and the duck said...

I think your baking for the neighbours is a great idea! And I don't think community spirit is totally lost - I have a friend who lives in a trendy part of inner city Melbourne. Her street and the neighbouring streets have set up a 'share' program, where they trade time or things with each other. For instance, you might baby sit your next door neighbours child, in return for some excess lemons from their lemon tree. I was so touched to hear about this, I didn't think it was possible to find something like that outside of a country town. My friend knows all her neighbours and whenever I visit we usually end up bumping into someone she knows. I need to move to her suburb I think : )

Through My Kitchen Window said...

Its funny. After we got back from our big "outback" trip, we were used to acknowledging every vehicle we passed. We continued to do after we arrived home. The faces on people as we drove by was a sad reminder we had better stop that now. People looked almost confused by our wave. Yes it is sad isn't it.