A month or so ago, my neighbor phoned me out of the blue on a Saturday morning, and asked me if I knew where my daughter was. My first thought was “What? Of course I do.. wait, do I?” It took me a second to realize, yes, I knew where my daughter was, she was skipping down the road to her friend’s house (still in her pyjamas and carrying a box of timbits, but let’s move right passed my parenting choices).
My neighbor had seen her running out of the house and heading down to the street on her own and phoned me to check up on her. I thought about getting annoyed – why wouldn’t I know where my child was? But… then I thought: my neighbor knows my name, my children’s names and has my phone number. He paid attention when he saw her on her own and cared enough about her to make that phone call to make sure she was safe. And the follow on thought was, what a wonderful community I live in, where not only do I feel safe enough for her to walk to a friend’s house, but I feel safer knower that there is a wide safety net ready to catch her.
So, as we move out of a long, lazy, rainy summer and into another busy fall, keep an eye out for each other Greenfield. Let’s reach out and connect, share recipes and stay in each other’s lives.
A great opportunity for connection is the Community League Day BBQ on September 21st, starting at 11am. Come join us for a free hot dog, share some extra garden produce, talk to our community garden planners and chat with your community board about ideas you’d like to see for the fall. We will also be unveiling our 50th Anniversary mural on the east side of the hall!
As always, don’t forget to purchase your Community League Membership for 2019/20. Your membership gives you a vote at our AGM and other great benefits. Memberships are $30 for individuals, $15 for seniors, $25 for senior couples and $50 for families. Memberships can be purchased online or at our AGM in January.