How well do your neighbors know you?

This morning after I was well into my jog, I realized I had forgotten to bring any identification with me.  I typically throw some sort of ID in my pocket before I leave; usually just a business card.  I figure as long as it has my name and phone number on it, it would be easy enough for someone to determine where I live if something were to happen to me while I was getting my exercise.

ID tagMy first thought when I realized my ID was missing was that perhaps I should go back home to retrieve it, but I wasn’t feeling that energetic, so I decided to just finish without it.  But then I started thinking, well, what if something was to happen to me?  Do my neighbors know me well enough to know who I am?  Would I just be a Jane Doe until a family member realized I hadn’t returned home?

I moved into a new county, town and neighborhood a year and a half ago, and I’ve made a point to meet my nearby neighbors.  I love the feel of a community; a place where you can walk down the street and talk to people you know.  I wanted to feel that sense of belonging.  And luckily, I have been able to make friends with several of the people in the homes near mine.  And a few weeks ago in a local grocery store, I was introduced to another neighbor, and she said, “Hey, I know you!  I see you running in the mornings!”  So I do know some of my neighbors, and they know me.

But when I go out on my morning jog, I pick my route based on my mood.  Sometimes it’s a 2 mile quick run, and sometimes 4.  I run by a lot of homes on many different streets.  I do not know who lives in most of those homes.  While I wave and say good morning to a lot of people, I don’t personally know them and they don’t know me.

So what’s the bottom line? 

I need to get to know a lot more of my neighbors, because neighborhoods can be as big or small as you want them to be, and I want mine to be huge.   I don’t want to be a Jane Doe.  Until then, however, I need to remember to carry ID with me from now on, since as I’ve realized, most of my neighbors have no idea who I am.

How well do your neighbors know you?

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