Our house was affected by the tornados that hit our city a few weeks ago. Not seriously, mind you, we lost a lot of shingles and everything on the patio, including furniture, grill and a refrigerator. Believe it or not, the insurance adjuster was actually quite surprised to find a refrigerator in our backyard. I don’t know why he was so shocked. I mean, I know several people who keep an extra fridge or freezer on their back patio or in the garage. Anyway, the high winds also knocked down both sides of the back fence, exposing us to our neighbors…oh my, what a thought…exposed!
I’ve lived in this house now for almost 2 years and I’ve never met my neighbors next door. I know the neighbors across the street but never met the ones next door. I don’t know why other than to say I just never made a point of doing that. Well, apparently God had other plans because He knocked the fence over just so I would meet them.
Why do you suppose it is that we require so much privacy in the backyard? Are we sunbathing in the nude or something, doing something we shouldn’t be? Why do we hide behind privacy fences? Oh, I realize we need to protect our stuff but it would seem that our fences are causing us to become more anti-social. I heard Jen Hatmaker speak at a women’s retreat recently. She talked about moving into a new neighborhood in Austin that was very diverse. She and her husband would break out the grill and have a cookout in the driveway in front of the house. They got to know a lot of their neighbors this way. I think I would like to try that this summer. Honey, we’re going to move the grill (when we get a new one) out to the driveway in the front and cook brats or something, grab some lawn chairs and expose ourselves to our neighbors. I’ll let you know what happens.