What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?


We moved into this house 16 years ago. The first thing one of our next-door neighbors said to me was, "We like this area because we all leave each other alone, and no one has to talk to anyone if they don't want to." In the following 16 years, this woman has called me about 3 times - to explain why her dogs were barking, to complain about children behind our houses, and to tell me another neighbor's husband had passed away. Other than that, she turns away when we drive by. Her husband has not even once looked at us or spoken to us. We sat next to them in a restaurant once, and the woman was polite enough to say hello, but her husband actually turned away. We have never been formally introduced to this man, but we can come to only one conclusion. Unless he is emotionally unstable, which we hold as a possibility, the only explanation we can imagine is that he is anti-Semitic. We are quite neighbors. We never play loud music. We do not shout. We do not gossip. We do not drink. We do not smoke. We are clean. Our home is always kept up, as is our lawn. We do not have old cars or trucks or anything in our driveway or on the street. But we are Jews. We do not have a Christmas tree or lights at Christmas. What else could it be?


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As part of our new webcomic, Next-Door Neighbor, we thought it appropriate to have a little contest. Tell us your best true next-door neighbor story, and the winning tale will be matched with an artist and transformed into a webcomic and included as the final installment of Next-Door Neighbor.

About Next-Door Neighbor

No matter how close or how far, we all live next to someone, and we all have a Next-Door Neighbor story. With that in mind, editor Dean Haspiel asked some of his favorite storytellers and cartoonists to create their favorite NDN stories so we could share them with you.

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