Mr. Rogers used to sing “who are the people in your neighborhood” before he would take you around his own fictional neighborhood.
Of course, this simple child’s song has a pretty serious message. Who are the people in your neighborhood? People tend to fall into ruts of repetitive actions. We go to the same grocery stores and the same post offices and the same restaurants, rarely deviating from what’s familiar. But this doesn’t mean that the people in these places are necessarily familiar to us. Whether you live in a big city or a small village, why not try to make an effort and get to know the people who are around you? It’s a great lesson for kids on the importance of making connections with community.
So how familiar are you with your neighborhood?