I'm Thankful For My Neighbors Who Are Basically My Family
Start writing a post
Thanksgiving

I'm Thankful For My Neighbors Who Are Basically My Family

From high school to college and everything between.

447
I'm Thankful For My Neighbors Who Are Basically My Family
Lorena Best

This Thanksgiving, I am not only thankful for my family, but also my childhood neighbors that have become an extra set of grandparents. You've seen me grow up since my family moved to Charlottesville around five years ago, and have been great role models. But the most unexpected part is that you have become a part of my family. Here are some of the few things I am thankful for:

1. Driveway Conversations

I remember the times where we would stand out in the driveway during the summertime for 30 minutes and sometimes close to an hour. These were so much fun talking about the amazing things that were happening in all of our lives or catching up in conversation.

2. Tea And Cookies

In the Summertime it would be tea and in the wintertime, it would be cookies. Whenever I asked to come over, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it and still do. The tea and cookies led to conversation hours on end. At times we would watch Christmas movies and enjoy the summer sunshine.

3. We Celebrate The Holidays Together

Lorena Best

Year after year, we always find time to celebrate Christmas at each other's houses. We would watch silly Hallmark movies on the couch covered by a blanket. I would also be fascinated by the great decorations that made your house look like a Potterybarn catalog and your very decorated Christmas tree.

4. You Took My Senior Pictures

You told me you were going to take my senior pictures, which of course led me to say yes. They're the most amazing pictures I ever could have dreamed of and am still in love with them. I guess that's because you've ONLY photographed eight U.S. Presidents.

5. Sometimes You Treat Me Like A Model

Jim Carpenter

Whenever you want a location to shoot photos, at times you ask me to be in them just for the fun of it. Modeling in your photos is so much fun, especially when it goes on Facebook. I will admit learning how to hold good posture and how to pose for a photo has come in handy.

6. You Came To My High School Graduation

I never would have dreamed that you would come to my high school graduation. I'm still in disbelief that you would openly volunteer to sit through 500 of my class peers just to see me walk across the stage to get my diploma cover. This was the first time I recognized you were a part of my family.

7. You Have Always Supported Me

Besides from my parents, you know a lot more about me than my extended family. You have continued to support me regardless of the situation, are willing to listen, and are so kind-hearted beyond what I can imagine. Thank you for loving me for who I am.

I'm truly thankful for all the laughter, tears, and great times that I have spent with you over the years. Even though things now look different, thank you for being in my life and having a large impact on my childhood and growing up. Because of you, our neighborhood of three houses will always be special.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee
nappy.co

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

112618
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments