Notice that the title of this blog post is not "Why Is Community Important?"
To me, the idea of community is not something we question as important. Having community, and not just being part of a community, IS important. My husband and I are hurdling towards a decade in our house in Castlewood in Highland Village, TX, which I just can't believe.
We moved here when we were fresh-faced newlyweds with dreams of life in a new place. Raising kids, teaching them to ride bikes and schleping those same kids to soccer games, were visions in my head as we stood in front of a vacant lot we eventually built our house on. Things I really didn't anticipate happening like skipping rocks with three children on nature walks, having the same bus driver for years, getting involved in the PTA and meeting amazing, like-minded friends in my adult life that have created meaningful and life-long relationships DID happen.
This doesn't just happen by accident. Sometimes you have to work at community. But sometimes it just comes naturally. Our HOA does a fantastic job at trying to create community by having events that bring us closer together. The Friday night blind wine tasting was certainly one of those activities. There were prizes given for the best and worst wine and Mark and Amelia happened to win both of those awards. Much to their surprise, because they brought swill to a wine party, they have now been crowned the Easter Bunny at this year's Easter Egg Hunt!
Our neighborhood has a wide variety of families ranging including those with kids, couples with fur-children, and empty-nesters. But the thing about that is, most people in this community have the same values. We all want to be in a safe area, meet friends that we can enjoy life with, and know that those same people will look after our best interests.
And sometimes, we just need friends and neighbors to be by our side, literally and figuratively. I am very fortunate to have my parents living right around the corner from us. They enjoy our neighborhood for the same reasons we do, even though we are at different life stages. Their neighbors have a sweet daughter who is a week younger than my four-year-old. They had soccer games at the same complex, one right after the other, and Gary and Kim brought their chairs and cheered on Beckett. My parents did the same thing for Riley. Aren't they adorable??!!
Kim told me on Friday that one of my blog posts helped her with the decision to also hold her daughter back from attending kindergarten. What a time we live in that something someone writes in a blog helps you to have less anxiety and feel validated in your decision for your own family!
Community is so many things to me and I am grateful that we live in one that, even a decade later, still surprises and delights me when I think of all we gain from it!