The neighbors directly across the street from us moved last year in June (2010) to a much larger house. At first, I thought it was a foolish move and that I was glad I was staying put since I had just paid off my house and I no longer have a house payment.
I wish I could telly you that I’m doing great now that they are gone. But quite the contrary is true. You see, now I’ve changed my mind, I miss our neighbors, they were friendly, good people. The couple that moved in are much younger than we are. The new neighbors are in their very early 20s, and they don’t have any kids yet. My son and daughter miss the old neighbor’s kids too, they all played so well together.
Since my neighborhood has changed, I’m feeling the urge to move to a location where there are larger houses and more land.
So what does my urge to move have to do with the Joneses?
Well, I honestly don’t think I would be wanting to move as badly if they were still across the street from us. Oh sure, I’d still complain about the small yard and the smaller rooms, but as long as I knew my almost similar neighbors were in the same boat, I don’t think I would mind. In fact, I’m sure I would be pretty content knowing that I no longer any debt.
So now I understand why the average person want to keep up with the Joneses, after all nobody likes being left behind.
So what am I going to do about it?
Nothing for now. I like not having a mortgage payment to pay each month! Besides, my kids are still happy with the neighborhood, even without the Joneses kids to play with. But they are missed!
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