What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?


Tiffany knocked on the door and asked if she could use the phone. Her cell phone was out of minutes. While she talked, I went into my office and got one of my novels. When she finished her phone conversation, I gave the book to her, my gift to my young neighbor.

She was amazed that I was an author. Some people seem to think authors are such a rare and "special" breed. Amused, I discussed some of my writing projects with her. As she gazed at the book, she noticed my name.

"Is your name Sperry?"* she asked.

I said, "It was." I had lost my first husband and was now remarried.

"Do you know Jamie Sperry?" she asked.

We discussed Jamie and found out we were thinking of the same man. I said I did, in fact, know him. He was my first husband's nephew.

She said, "He's my dad!"

Wow! My nextdoor neighbor is a my great-neice! Small world, right?

*Names changed to protect privacy.


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Have a Next-Door Neighbor Story?

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.

The Fine Print & Contest Rules

By submitting an entry, you are granting SMITH the right to reprint or republish that entry online or in print, as well as make any necessary edits. See SMITH's terms of service for complete details.

This contest ends September 1, 2008. Prizes are not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as awarded. Winners are decided at the discretion of SMITH judges and all decisions are final. SMITH reserves the right to change the contest rules. Enter as often as you want. SMITH reserves the right to reprint or republish all entries.

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