Do you and your neighbors share food?
October 26, 2008 6:40pm CST
When I was growing up age the age of around 12-14 in Savannah, my next door neighbor and I would talk about how hungry we were and about the choices we had only to eat. A lot of times we had food to eat, but either I didn't want what was prepared, or I didn't like the way it was prepared. So we lived in a duplex on the top level and there was an identical duplex next door where my friend lived. Well the main thing we ran out of in our house was bread. But we kept cheese. Anyway my friend and I would talk to one another through our windows, verses talking on the phone (I guess it was a macho thing at the time). So we were talking, I mentioned how I wasn't going to eat anything, but I was so hungry still. So my friend asked why don't you make a grilled cheese sandwich. I in return stated we didn't have any more bread. So he stated he was hungry too, and he could bring a loaf of bread over, if I made the grilled cheese sandwiches, enough for both him and myself (my mom even got a sandwich). So later that day, we both ate our fill of grilled cheese sandwiches and had some kool-aid to drink. Talk about unhealthy eating, but that's what we did at that stage in my life. We did that a few more times as well. It was the coolest thing! But now, the only things I've shared with my neighbors is like lawnmowers or garden tools, etc... We aren't as close as my childhood friend and I was. I guess that is also because we live in a larger city as well. What's your story?
• United States
28 Oct 08
I did have a neighbor who I shared food with and she with me.. She moved a couple of months ago and I really miss her very much.. We shared but I usually got the bigger portion since she was the cook for her church.. Every Wednesday after church she would bring over a huge bunch of the leftovers.. Now I am talking leftovers in the biggest sense, we had big pans of meat loaf, untouched, apple pies, also untouched, huge fancy salads, vegetable plates, and almost anything else that she would have had to throw away.. All of these dishes were untouched, it was just where there had been too much cooked.. She didn't like to waste food and I didn't like to cook that well, it was during the hottest part of the summer, so it worked out great.. She was also a great cook, everything tasted great, it was all so very good.. We usually had enough that all of us could sit down and eat, we could share a portion with a couple of families that were having a hard time also and still have leftovers to freeze for another day.. She often told me that she was trying to pay me back for helping her when her mother and husband were sick.. She nursed both of them through cancer, but in about 3 years time, she still lost both of them... I didn't do much but I remember trying to find something for them to eat, their appetite was gone due to the cancer, but they had to eat a little bit of something.. So, I fried green tomatoes, made milkshakes, made soup, and brought home take out for them.. Her mother was wanting a piece of strawberry pie and I went to Shoney's to get her one, that was such a small thing to do but my neighbor never forgot it and she always told me how much it had meant to her and to her mom.. We are still the best of friends, but I lost a great neighbor when she moved.. We still stay in touch, usually via email but I sure do miss her and her cooking..
• United States
28 Oct 08
I want neighbors like that again. When I lived in a smaller city, with my mom growing up, neighbors would share in the raising of the children, food, clothing and all sorts of things. And oh yes, the enormous meals after SUnday school. two words ~ YUM! YUM! I would miss a good friend like that as well. I would especially miss their cooking/gifts of food as well ~ SIMPLY BECAUSE, I love to eat!
27 Oct 08
Yes we do share foods with our neighbors, and that's the main reason why it is so hard for me to leave this community because we all have a very close relationship with one another. We can leave the house for several days without worrying on what might happen with the house as our neighbors look after our house while we are away. They also take good care of our pets if needed.