Our first neighborhood was made up of young married couples, all of us in a five house circle, all of us having our first babies, all of us moving out to newer, bigger homes around the same time.
We were a very close group of friends and we all depended on each other. But as we moved away, we drifted apart.
Our next home was the one where our children grew up. It was a street of just twelve houses and every other house had a retired couple living in it. One of our retired neighbors told me she loved our street because it kept her young watching the little ones play, the young couples come and go, and we all grew together in that neighborhood, too.
The older I get the less I want to start over. And finding that community of like minded people gets a little harder. Suddenly you are the new kid and it's hard to break into an established community, especially in a small town, especially since I may need them but they don't need me.
I thought quilters were a welcoming group of like minded people but I discovered otherwise in the lakeshore city we recently left. It was hard living in a black hole. I travelled to another city where I had quilt friends and reached out in a blog and discovered amazing people all over the world and also found that the lakeshore community of quilters was not the norm.
And now, we've moved again, and again to a small community, and I was a little apprehensive about starting over yet again. But this city is very close to the one where I grew up so my network is intact. It's close to PH's family in the opposite direction, we have discovered new people and new connections and so it's been good. But once again, it's the quilt community that has me curious. You see, I know there are quilters here but there is no group, no bee, no community.
They chatted, I snapped as they worked around the quilt frame
I got close.They were all a little concerned about my wanting to take pictures of their hands. There were comments about the lumpy, bumpy knuckles and age spots. I have lumpy, bumpy knuckles, too, and you earn age spots.
Finding like minded people can seem a daunting task but we need them. And they need us, too.