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Know Thy Neighbors (Don Ward)

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

A missed opportunity.

KNOW THY NEIGHBORS

I went to a memorial service today.  My next door neighbor died suddenly a couple of weeks ago.  He was only in his early 60's.

He and his wife have been great neighbors.  (I won't use any names without permission.)  We used to talk quite often on their driveway or mine, or on the strip of grass that separates the two.  I really like them both and we often talked about getting together for this or that, but we never quite got around to it.

I always thought of him as the really nice guy next door.

Today I listened to his family members and his close friends talk about him at the service.  I learned that he was a man of humor ( I knew some of that) and kindness and faith and dedication to his family.  I learned how much he meant to those who knew him well.  I learned that he was more than the really nice guy next door.

He was a wonderful man who had an impact on many, many lives.

I wish I had taken the time to get to know him better. That's my fault - he was right next door.

We'll talk again soon.

Don Ward

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