What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

Can't tell a book...

My neighbors just called to see if I would like some venison chili because the batch was so large it would get freezer burn before they could eat it all. Despite the fact that venison isn't my favorite I jumped at the offer – knowing the flavors that generally come out of that kitchen.

When I opened the door I was greeted with the sweet aroma of a rich, garlicky tomato sauce with a hint of spice – and an ex-marine who was very proud of his creation.

People aren’t always what you expect.

When I first met my neighbors, I was a bit afraid of Jimmy. He had the look of a man who had spent the better part of his younger years in bar brawls – and the latter keeping the bartender company.

Turns out, he’s a homebody who loves to cook and garden and tend the lawn. He’s a teddy bear at heart – until someone he cares about is threatened and then he turns into a grizzly. My old roommate and I used to joke that if anyone ever tried to break in we’d call Jimmy before we called the police.

This same man bakes me chocolate chip cookies.

His wife, on the other hand, loans me her Sawz-all.

Yes indeed, by traditional definitions, the brawny ex-marine is the wife in the family, while the sweet-petite little woman (so-to-speak) is the man of the house.


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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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