Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Our family just spent the weekend visiting with friends at the Muenster Men’s Curling Bonspiel. Muenster is a village located just 10 km east of Humboldt, Saskatchewan on highway 5. My husband and I have a number of friends there who we have met through curling, slo-pitch and hockey. When we walked into the rink, it felt like the theme song from “Cheers” - “where everybody knows your name”. Being included in a small community is a great feeling, one that I think many people are craving in today’s busy world.
Having experienced it first-hand, it reminded me why this community feeling is part of our vision for Prairie View Properties. Wouldn’t it be great to have space around your home, yet have some neighbours close by? Perhaps you’ll get together for barbeques or to sit around your fire pit. Maybe your kids could go for bike rides together. Even if you are happier to keep to yourself and live with more privacy, it is comforting to know you have other people close by in case of emergency. The other bonus in many small communities is that people are happy to lend a hand, because they know they can expect the same favour in return: it is the cycle of country life.
Some other benefits noted in the article, “5 Benefits of Strong Neighbour Relationships” include having a shared common space (like the Prairie View trails and greenspace) and pet sitting. I don’t imagine every neighbour will offer to care for your pet while you are away, but if they have a dog too – it makes for a great trade and peace of mind.
If you are seeking a great community to join, part of the equation is being a good neighbour yourself. This WikiHow post explains it well, including:
- communicate with your neighbour (in person, email, phone, etc.)
- keep your yard tidy
- consider your neighbours’ lifestyle – for example, if they work nights, quiet mornings will be important to them
Treating your neighbours how you want to be treated makes for great relationships and being included. We look forward to calling Prairie View Properties our neighbourhood – how about you?