I don’t feel like I can tell her complete story here, or at least as much as she has shared with me, but needless to say, we come from very different backgrounds. Which means that she comes from very different backgrounds as my neighbors too. Not that we live in a completely homogeneous neighborhood, but let’s face it–neighborhoods fill up with people who are of the same socioeconomic status, which usually means people who come from similar walks of life. Our neighborhood is full of teachers, policemen, nurses, and military families. It’s a quiet, family friendly neighborhood that brags about how the neighborhood watch has nothing to do.
We have a new neighbor. A new neighbor who isn’t paying rent, who is living with the woman who owns the home. A new neighbor who is waiting to have her children, who are in foster care, reinstated to her custody, a transition that will take at least up to 5-6 weeks. A new neighbor who has led a life with trials I can’t even begin to imagine.
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