Saturday, October 20, 2012

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Four and a half years ago, Brett and I made the decision that it was time to move to the 'burbs.  It took three lost houses and a year and a half of looking before we found our house.  

The house is adorable.  Built in 1922, it has a ton of charm and very little room.  The previous owners opened up the walls on the first floor, and we redid the basement last year, but the bedrooms.  Oh the bedrooms.  Teeny tiny bedrooms.  So we bought the house with the thought that within five years we'd either do construction (if you've ever been to western Nassau county, you know there's not really a lot of room to expand) or buy a new house within the same school district.

Then we met our neighbors.  One by one, we made newer and better friends.  We calculated that within the nine houses on our direct block alone, there were 13 children age seven and under.  New traditions started as we traded hosting duties for the holiday cocktail party, enjoyed Girls Nights Out and began what we hope to be an annual block party.  Brett and I knew we were destined for permit fights, contractor woes and months of "slumber parties" with the kids in the basement, construction being the only option.  Moving our family away from this street could be defined only as an act of cruelty.

We've been here less than three years.  That's less than 1/11th of our lifetime.  So, not a terribly long time. And we have known we're so lucky to have such great people around. But really, we had no idea.  Seriously.  NO. IDEA.

Today, our neighbors held a garage sale in honor of Quinn, to raise funds to help with her list.  The original intent was a low-key neighbor garage sale that we would learn about afterwards.  What happened was what happens when you live in an amazing town. The garage sale went viral.  A friend of a friend contacted our local Patch, where an article was written.  The PTA presidents of all three elementary schools, two middle schools and the high school wanted to take part.  The mayor's office called.  Little boys rode bicycles over to offer up old toys they wanted Quinn to have.  A neighbor we have never met brought a $100 bill that was given to her to spend when her cancer went into remission.  Her cancer is in remission. She wants Quinn to have her lucky $100 bill.

People are amazing.  INCREDIBLE.  The amount raised today was enough to substantially fund Quinn's Disney to do.   

So Mr. Rogers, hats off.  You were right.  

I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you, 
I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood, with you

Michelle. Candace. Lauren. Janessa. Therese. Maria. Nicole. Marie.

Lynbrook, U.S.A.

Thank you.  A million (trillion) times, thank you.


  1. oh my goodness!!! that is so AMAZING!!! yeah Quinn-you are so special. You and your brothers are going to have sooo much fun at Disney!!! when are you guys going? xoxo

  2. I am so happy for you guys! You will love Disney, oh my All your kids & you "big kids" will absolutely LOVE EVERYTHING about it! May I ask if you are going to Disney world or Disneyland? If its in CA, I would love to help you out with anything here! I live here & would love to help give you any ideas of places to see, things to do & would love to meet you all. Sending my love to you all. Amy from CA

    1. Hi Amy,
      Thanks for your kind offer, as we are New Yorker's we are heading due south to sunny Florida for a few days at Disney World and then a Disney cruise! Thanks for your kind thoughts from the west coast. If we make it out west we will let you know!

  3. That is so amazing and special! Yay for Disney:) So happy for you all! What sweet friends!
    -Amanda Sommerville

  4. Too, too awesome! Disney is a magic place and your family will make such magic memories! Your community absolutely rocks!!!!

  5. What a wonderful thing to be surrounded, literally, by such a caring support system!

  6. Amazing! Isn't it incredible to know that there are so many wonderful people out there willing to help? I loved the story about the lucky $100 bill. Disneyland will be a fun adventure!

  7. Wow. I pray that $100 dollar bill is just as lucky for you.

  8. They're absolutely wonderful neighbors! Can't wait to hear about Disney!