Everyone has one neighbor who stands out as memorable. Memories good and bad make impacts upon us .
When my now grown children were small, we had a new neighbor.
As was my custom in those days, I prepared dinner to take to them as soon as I saw the moving truck.
Imagine my surprise when I found that they spoke little English!
Pierre was the French Commercial Counsel for the Southeastern U.S. Monique was a well known French actress and artist!
We spent time together as she did not drive and needed to take her son to various doctors.
During the course of our friendship I learned a valuable history lesson.
Cooking was always one of my favorite things so one night we invited them for dinner.
I had recently perfected my version of "Beef Wellington." Almost all day in the kitchen produced this elaborate dish along with salad and potatoes augratin.
All went well. The food, the conversation. I was pleased with the presentation and even the children behaved well.
At the end of our evening, as they were leaving our guests thanked us and he said "that dish was so good, I can almost forgive Wellington for what he did to Napolean.". Oops!
When I sold their house for them years later they taught me another lesson.
They had huge antique furniture. She had painted every room in the house in beautiful decorator style.
When they moved out, I was shocked to find that she had artfully painted around all the furniture. She also took all the drapes throughout.
Awkward in any sale but especially when the buyers are going to be your neighbors.
Walkthroughs are important! Lesson well learned.