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Chaos Pizza

Friday evening, our neighbors arrived with pizza and their three girls. We share dinners together now and then, and the kids hang out even more often. My daughter and their eldest are in the same class, and we can see their house from ours. Packing five kids and four adults around our dinner table is quite a squeeze, and the kids are quite boisterous together. It is a great break from the normal routine, and it is community.

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One of our downstairs neighbors has been there all of my daughter’s life–my son’s, too. Being the social being that she is, my daughter has made a connection with our neighbor who has now moved out.

Transitions with people tend to be important events in my daughter’s life, and I imagine this will be, as well. She has invited our neighbor to come visit.

I wonder how her processing of this event will unfold.

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Slowly Building Community

The neighborhood in which we live is bursting with young families, and yet it only just feels that we are building community. One thing that has helped is that one of our neighbors with a daughter just a bit younger than our own often hosts parties and is a social hub. With this family, we have started a babysitting co-op which is slowly chugging along. On Saturday, we had another get together to which two other families joined us.

My daughter’s preschool has also been the source of some community. There are a bunch of wonderful families with whom we have made connections.

It is slow partly because the culture in Boston is not overly conducive to networking, but also it is slow because having two kids makes it hard to get out and do things.

These things, however are steps in the right direction, and I feel that it will slowly gain momentum and become a strong community for us.

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