The Neighborhood that Built my Children

Real Estate Agent with Dave Murphy Team

Yesterday, my husband, Dave, expressed that old cliché that he thinks that "time is moving too fast", that he worries that our girls will look back and not remember just hanging out with us.  

I told him what he always tells me when I share these same sentiments:  we are lucky to live on a block where the kids play outside together all day and night.  That they are learning to get along in a group, make rules up on imaginary games, figure out what they like to do when they are bored, dig in the dirt (sometimes in the dead center of our already-struggling front lawn), form solid friendships exclusive of adult supervision and intervention, play kickball, soccer and touch football in the street: all fairly novel experiences in today's society.  Play dates aren't scheduled, doorbells are rung.  A simple dare results in everyone jumping into our pool, fully clothed.  Impromptu picnics are planned next to an elderly neighbors' beautiful, yet underappreciated pond.  It delights her that there is life and laughter in her quiet oasis.  Dinners are eaten cross-legged on the lawn while sharing the highlights from the school day.  It's all true and we feel incredibly blessed.  If they are not at school or in an activity, they are outside with the crew.  They have even started taking little bus trips throughout our small town.  They are growing wings, courtesy of the safety in numbers.  


Our neighborhood and its families are helping refine the edges on our children that Dave and I never could.  They are an unbiased focus group that delivers their findings on a daily basis, in real time.  They cover acceptable behavior, rule obeying, rule over-enforcing, the boundaries and limitations of sarcasm.  There is no price that I could possibly put on this service.  


My girls are gluten-free.  Kind mothers have made sure that my girls have a stash of treats in their homes, fresh-baked on occasion.  Our neighborhood is an embarrassment of riches.  


Wow, did I digress.  The point I was trying to make is that we are going through a universal struggle just like most modern parents: for whatever reason, it can feel as though we never have enough quality time with our children.  Our girls are not as readily available because they are excited to be outside with friends.  The time constraints that your family faces may relate to sports, play dates, careers, etc.  It was pretty crazy timing that Dave mentioned this on the same day that I picked a book up from the library on the topic of making your home an atmosphere of coziness, togetherness.  Setting a scene for comfort and sharing, unplugging and growing closer.  Our experiment in Operation: Coziness starts tonight.  To see the updates on how well we do on this maiden effort, please Like our Facebook Page.  Please know that I fully expect that Dave and I will be cozily sitting inside our window (alone together), watching our smiling children racing down our street.  There are worse things, right? ;)

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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Bridget- I'd say that you and Dave truly are blessed! It's hard to find this in our device-oriented era. What you described reminds me of my own childhood when we spent as much free time out doors with our friends.

Sep 14, 2017 07:52 PM #1
Bridget Murphy
Dave Murphy Team - Park Ridge, IL
Dedicated Realtor serving Chicagoland

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Kathy!  It really is like 1950 when I look out my window!

Sep 15, 2017 07:28 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                         Thank you Bridget Murphy 


Sep 16, 2017 06:41 PM #3
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

It is wonderful that your neighborhood and its children are doing things we used to do as children. Play together, learn how to be independent. They will definitely remember being happy. That's what is important.

Sep 17, 2017 04:56 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bridget. The sense of neighborhood is lost on many these days. My son  had that privilege for years! Enjoy your day!

Sep 17, 2017 05:03 AM #5
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

What a lovely post - I am so glad that you shared with us - and your neighborhood looks great!


Sep 17, 2017 05:11 AM #6
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose to pick your post for her wrap up this week!

Sep 17, 2017 05:46 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Bridget - I loved this post and thank Kathy Streib for highlighting it.  This really seems like what it was like when I grew up.  Unfortunately, very few have neighborhood play like we did.  Today is seems like play dates.

Sep 17, 2017 06:30 AM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Bridget

I loved this post, which brought back so any fond memories with our 2 daughters growing, and now watching them both with their kids. The world has changed in many ways, but some things still remain precious and valued.


Sep 17, 2017 08:10 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Bridget and welcome to the Rain. Terrific post and it took me back too.

Sep 17, 2017 09:21 AM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Wow it is like you are describing my childhood. What seems like a hundred years ago. So nice to hear that these types of neighborhoods still exist!

You and your family are so blessed!

Sep 17, 2017 04:43 PM #11
Gordon Crawford
Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team - Morristown, NJ
Your Morris County Specialist!

Sounds like a fabulous neighborhood Bridget!  You are indeed blessed.

Sep 18, 2017 04:15 AM #12
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

That sounds like such a blessing. I am glad you have such a close knit community. Let us know how the experiment goes! Thanks for sharing!

Sep 18, 2017 12:45 PM #13
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Your post made me a bit wistful, Bridget Murphy ... as I found myself wishing for the sounds of my boys playing with their friends.  Still little, living at home.  

I understand your husband's concerns, but I so agree with your assessment of the value to be found within a good neighborhood.  I look back and know my boys had that gift as they grew up in Mokena ... and I'm glad.  It brought a smile to my face to find that you are from the Park Ridge area ... a fellow "Chicagolander".   My youngest brother and his family is not too far from you .. just on Mendota .. 


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