In our continuing quest to befriend our neighbors we decided to make cookies. The kids got into the Learning Tower and helped me bake three dozen, which took so long that we didn’t deliver them until right around bedtime. We had the phone numbers for most of the neighbors we delivered to and chose to ditch the cookies on the porch so we didn’t have to ring any doorbells (which might cause kids to jump up from storytime to fight for the privilege to opportunity to open the door). [Addendum: I didn't realize it wasn't clear that we used the phone numbers of the neighbors so we could text them and let them know they should check the porch when bedtime was over. I also forgot to mention that each plate had a handwritten note saying that our kids would love to get together with theirs, or that we would be happy to get together one evening for a glass of wine.]
So far it doesn’t seem like we yielded much. One family didn’t acknowledge the cookies at all, one sent us a text, one waved at us from the window. I was hoping it would encourage someone to reach out and ask us to spend time together in some way. I think we’re going to have to throw some sort of neighborhood cocktail party for that to happen.
My sister and I used to fight for the opportunity to lick the paddle after the cookies were made. My mom figured out that she could give one of us the paddle, and one of us the spatula. Personally I think the paddle was the better end of the deal.
Even though our gifts didn’t lead to any friendships (yet) I loved the whole experience. Sharing my love of food and the kitchen with my kids is such a gratifying experience, I hope both of them pick up a love for that in some way.