Meeting Surprise Neighbors in a Los Angeles Neighborhood

Updated: Feb 15

Folks in the Hopeful Neighborhood Network are convinced that meeting your neighbors is both important and fun. You can’t encourage neighbors to share their gifts if you don’t know them, so meeting your neighbors is important. But meeting your neighbors also tends to be enjoyable and interesting and, sometimes, really surprising. You never know who might be living just a few doors down from you.

Take, for example, the story of two families living in a Los Angeles neighborhood: the Stroms and the Njotens. These families live four houses away from each other, but never got to know each other beyond polite waves and occasional “hellos” – until the quarantine this last spring.

With families suddenly staying at home because of state-wide stay-at-home orders, people in the neighborhood had an impromptu “get together” (all at safe distances) where Erik and Jen Strom and Kjetil and Zoe Njoten started talking about their shared Norwegian heritage.