Now that I am in a Kindness mania – and is there a better mania to be in? – I was reminded by a reader of the importance of being a good neighbor.

I don’t believe I have listed neighborly kindnesses, except in the sense that we are all neighbors.

But I should mention the kindness of neighbors in the strict definition of the word. The people who live nearby. Those who you know by name. Maybe your kids play together. Maybe you’ve shared the same street for years. Maybe there is an old person on your street who knew you when you were riding a tricycle.

Those people who may not be your closest friends – but they live the closest. And they are there for you.

The neighbor across the street from Mom is one. This is a case where the old lady is my mother, and she…

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