One neighbor every summer mows a baseball diamond in his giant backyard and the kids are there every day. One summer he let them set up spot lights. He can be seen installing air conditioners and trimming the trees in the neighborhood. He was the one who faithfully checked in on the older failing ones, took them on daily walks and dropped by at the end of the night to make sure they got to bed OK.
Another neighbor can always be called upon to jump start a car or fix the mower that is tired and overworked. We have teachers, nurses, lawyers, doctors, dentists, scientists, landscapers, accountants, and stay-at-home moms. We have a gal who can make you look like a celebrity at your 35th high school reunion. We have that guy who knows how to fix anything. We have that other guy who is strong as an ox and can help you move anything up and down your stairs. We have that person who will bake a cake for you on your birthday and say it’s from your kids. Everyone contributes to this neighborhood and collectively make it worth millions of dollars.
These are the things that people forget about when valuing the beauty of their home. These are the things that we will remember during our last years. We won’t remember that fabulous sofa that we got on sale at that upscale store or the exact color of our dining room walls. We won’t remember that minivan we so wished was a convertible. So what if there are cracks in the sidewalks, some shingles that need painting and some windows that are so old you have to go outside to hang the storm windows by hand. We won’t move because we are all in on the secret to this neighborhood. People have come and gone in this neighborhood but the magic never leaves.
I live in the richest neighborhood in Andover. I’m staying put no matter how green the grass looks from the irrigation systems on the other side.
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