When I was a child, all my neighbours were great!
I’d happily wave and shout over the gate.
I knew half the street and would talk to them all,
I’d knock and enquire “Please can I get my ball?”
But as the years passed and I grew a bit taller,
With each passing hour the world became smaller.
The rest of the globe’s now an email away.
I meet new nationalities every day.
Have face to face chats in the palm of my hand,
A couple of clicks and my diary is planned.
I see all the secrets of celebrity.
I’m told what a school friend has had for her tea!?
But who’s living life just a few feet away?
Do they struggle at all? And if so, would they say?
As our vast global village comes closer together.
The people next door are more distant than ever.
We pull up at home now and race to the door,
Nobody stops to say ‘Hi’ any more.
They’ve all no doubt seen me (and laughed) from afar,
As I wrestle my tantrumming tots in the car.
I might know their faces, perhaps an odd name,
But that’s where it ends, and the whole street’s the same.
They don’t call for coffee or pop round for lunch.
We’re just not that close when it comes to the crunch.
But what if my neighbour had quite a bad fall?
How would I know from my side of the wall?
Are they well, warm and safe?
Are they feeling alone?
Do they know who to call?
Would they pick up the phone?
With endless suggestions of whom we should tweet.
Could I maybe suggest that we start on our street?
And spare a few moments, just once in a while,
To knock on a door with some cake and a smile.
I was recently contacted by CORGI HomePlan to ask if I could help them spread the word about their great new campaign “How safe is your street?” They have launched an interactive hub, sharing fantastic tips including how to keep our families safe, how to recognise alarm bells and neighbours who might need a helping hand, and a short video on “How to break the ice?” (Without looking like a stalker!)
You can access CORGI Homeplan’s “How safe is your street?” hub here.
As part of their campaign to help us keep each other safe, CORGI HomePlan have kindly donated a carbon monoxide alarm system worth £40 for me to giveaway.
Please click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter, and thanks for reading!
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