We moved into our suburban neighborhood of carefully manicured tract homes three years ago. Moving to suburbia to plant a church meant that we hit the ground running trying to meet people and make connections. I remember seeing other moms outside and dashing out to meet people — not just to invite them to a neighborhood party, but because I needed friends.
We value neighborliness. It’s why we look for tree-lined streets or picket fences to find community. We imagine that a new home will satisfy or a new friend, or a new neighborhood or job, but most of us actually live our lives not in the front yards but in our back yards.
We chose privacy over welcome. We come home, close our automatic garage doors and build our little kingdoms in the backyard. We buy houses to entertain, but more often than not, find ourselves circling the suburbs in our minivans getting takeout.
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