September 28, 2011

Celebrating Good Neighbors in Different Communities




Won’t you be my neighbor? —Mr. Rogers

     I did locate a holiday site, which stated that National Good Neighbor Day is always September 28 (initially, it was the fourth Sunday in September).

     The site* informed me that In the early 1970’s, Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana recognized the importance of good neighbors, and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter)  to issue proclamations, along with numerous governors. 

In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day. Previously, this day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September.

     My husband Monte and I have moved a number of times. Although I can rejoice in many good neighbors we’ve experienced through the years, I can celebrate many good next-door neighbors we’ve had.

     When we moved to Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, at the close of the 1960s our home we were the only persons not in the silver-haired golden years. My initial reaction was to be friendly with the neighbors, but to choose relationships from Slippery Rock University, where my husband was a physics professor. When our daughter Sandy entered our family, I felt somewhat cheated at not having other (more…)

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