Strangers and Neighbors

“I am a complete stranger with advice about your life.”

This is a note that is taped to the side of a little stand that sits on my end table.   I can’t remember where it came from.  It’s been a part of my life for a long time.  And it’s helped me keep my head when strangers think they know me.

You might be wondering what strangers have to do with neighbors.  I think a lot.  In this time neighbors are often strangers.  I even once heard about a neighborhood where a house was robbed by the thieves acting as if they were moving out.  The neighbors didn’t even realize the house was being robbed.

Sometimes strangers act like neighbors and neighbors act like strangers.

Strangers give advice to others like they are intimately involved in a situation when they don’t have a clear picture.

Sometimes a stranger can be someone that you should intimately know and sometimes a neighbor is closer than family.

Sometimes the people you consider neighbors end up to be strangers.

Sometimes neighbors can be found through adversity.


Linking up with Kate and the gang at Five Minute Friday.  This week’s word is neighbor.




  • Cheryl

    09/05/2017 at 9:19 pm Reply

    I hadn’t thought about strangers and neighbors that way, but there is so much truth it in. I’ve tried to get to know my neighbors as much as they’ll allow. Adversity has been an inroad because something like bringing a “get well” gift or a meal cracks open the door.
    I’ve found kids are the most neighborly. They have an open heart to meeting someone new. My kids have opened doors to knowing my neighbors too. I’m thankful for that because with those opportunities come the possibility of becoming friends instead of strangers.

  • Martha G. Brady

    09/01/2017 at 8:51 pm Reply

    great post christy:) i love how you did all that twisting and turning around. fun and tho’t provoking. thanks. hope you have a great holiday weekend.

    • Christy

      09/03/2017 at 9:36 am Reply

      Thanks Martha! There’s a lot of unsaid between the lines…

  • Tara

    09/01/2017 at 7:10 pm Reply

    This is so true friend! I’m over in the 51 spot this week.

  • Mary (tqhousecat)

    09/01/2017 at 3:54 pm Reply

    Hi Christy. Great post. And so true. So many around us we don’t know and maybe never will. #48 of fmf

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