I may have sat next to her in church or stood behind her at the grocery store. Maybe I drove past the new family in my neighborhood while on the way to pick up the kids at soccer practice. She’s a newcomer starting all over again and she needs my help.
I’m awfully busy, I say to myself. Give her a chance to settle in. So I do. Weeks go by and I have that nagging feeling I could have done something to welcome her to her new town. Oh, well, I guess they’re getting to know the community. People have a way of assimilating.
But do they? The Welcome Wagon, the backbone of newcomer friendliness has gone the way of the cassette tape recorder. Now, the basket brimming with goodies and the lady with the kind smile who can give directions to the library, has gone, leaving an electronic neighbor to introduce someone to the community.
How efficient, and how tragic. Our new gal will have to navigate her new town like a greenhorn explorer. She’ll have to stumble around to get answers to questions like “Where’s the best hair salon and who’s the best veterinarian for her Jack Russell terrier.
Oh, well, she’ll figure it out. Maybe. But, wouldn’t it be great if she didn’t have to. Now that Welcome Wagon has put the horses out to pasture and sent the wooden traveling vehicle to a horse ranch she’s only got the internet to consult. Unless …
Readers, have you found a good way to welcome someone into your community? Or, have you been on the receiving end? Let me hear your ideas.