When I was a kid, my criteria for knowing who was a good neighbor was twofold:

1) Do they have a pool
2) Will they let me use it

If the answer to both questions was yes, best neighbors ever. And it’s not that I no longer value those things. But I have come a long way in my more nuanced appreciation of what makes a truly good neighbor.

Which is why I’m just sitting here crying about all these posts on Reddit.

14. The gift

The kind that really just keeps on giving in our hearts.

I (27m) mentioned that I am out of work and my elderly neighbor left this on my doorstep.
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13. Have a rose

Note that a lot of these posts are from 2020.

90-year-old neighbor on strict quarantine put out a table of roses from his garden in wood vases he made by hand
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12. The house fire

It’s not really the money, it’s the thought that counts.

We lost everything in a house Fire two days ago. Our little neighbor did a lemonade stand to raise money for us and the firemen who tried to save our house came by to support it.
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11. To the rescue!

He’s like one of those St. Bernards with brandy on his neck!

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10. A whole lotta wholesome

And delicious to boot.

Being wholesome to their neighbor.

9. A work of art

I may not know much, but I know what I like.

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8. Mr. C

They make quite a great little group there.

These young guys saved their elderly neighbor Mr. C from a house fire

7. The plastic sack

Wow! Truly impressive to me that anyone can plan that far ahead!

6. I’m going to miss you

And I, you.

5. The get-together

Every little bit helps.

4. We don’t leave people behind

Nor should any of us.


3. Every day

“…but you can leave the carrot cake.”

2. A fond retirement

Click the tweet for a full thread, it’s nice.

1. The complaint

A bit of understanding goes a long way.


I’m not crying, YOU’RE crying.

Do you have any good neighbor stories?

Share them with us in the comments.