The Street Party Vibe
How many street parties have you been to? Until recently my experience on that score was about 1. I was six, it was Charles and Dianaâ€™s wedding - if that helps to place me! It was very hot and thus the cheese on cocktail sticks was very smelly. Thatâ€™s about all I remember.
But over the last few years Iâ€™ve been getting back into the street part vibe. It started with well-meaning Christmas drinks for our neighbours. Weâ€™ve had to suffer the slow shame of only a few people turning up the first time round. But weâ€™ve also learnt a few lessons along the way â€“ like agree a time face to face with your neighbours and make sure that a core of people can make it. And donâ€™t overdo it on the mulled wine otherwise youâ€™ll be drinking it all year.
When we moved cities this year we quickly organised an Open House for our new neighbours to check us out. And in the summer our street has its own street party â€“ a proper one! Iâ€™m convinced this is the way forward (or should that be the way back?). And Iâ€™m sure that Streetbank can be a big part of it. For my part, I help to run something called Breathe, a Christian network for simpler living. Our latest offering is four videos for friends to discuss, all about how we could live differently (www.conspiracyoffreedom.org). Maybe youâ€™d like to watch and discuss one of the videos? Or maybe your challenge is to get your own street party going? Whatever it is, I hope you find the courage and the time to have a go.
Street banks, street parties - love your neighbour 21st century style!