Simpler times in a tight-knit community
Essie fondly remembers her San Francisco neighborhood as one big family. Everyone looked after one another. If it rained, the neighbors would bring in each other’s laundry; if a stranger knocked on the door, the neighbors soon knew about it.
Essie’s children and their friends didn’t have many toys, she recalls, but they made their own from cans, blocks, and sticks. If they misbehaved outside the house, Essie and her husband could be sure that one of the neighbors would dole out an appropriate punishment and send them on their way.
Now, Essie mourns the changes that have taken place in her neighborhood. New neighbors don’t get welcomed when they move in, and the sense of camaraderie she loved as a young adult is gone. But Essie doesn’t think all hope is lost – she feels strongly that with the right education, her neighborhood could become a tight-knit community once again.