Yesterday, across the U.S. neighbors gathered in neighborhood block parties to celebrate "National Night Out." The National Night Out website says,
"The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August (In Texas, the first Tuesday of October)."
I had hosted a few block parties in various neighborhoods in the past. I knew that Minneapolis and St. Paul are known for their National Night Out participation and I wondered, when we moved here, if there was already an organized annual block party in our new neighborhood. While South St. Paul has Night to Unite, it turns out our block had never participated.
While it is always a bit of an undertaking to begin organizing an event, and despite the anxiety I feel as the event draws near, hoping everyone will have a good time, I often decide to jump in. My friend, Lisa, who now lives in California, posted on her Facebook page once, that her pastor had preached one time on the spiritual gift of "GCP," which stood for "getting crap done!" :) She said she felt that was definitely her spiritual gift, as she was currently signed up to be her son's Cub Scout popcorn leader. I told her I felt we shared that gift and reminded her how we had shared being our daughters' Girl Scout "cookie moms" and then ended up taking the reigns for the whole troop for the rest of the year when the original leader had to cut back on her leadership!
But that's not much fun in my book and it's certainly not kingdom living.
Thankfully, I already knew two of my neighbors personally and they were enthusiastic and eager to help make it a reality.
And we had a great night.
It was a first year party for sure. We didn't have bands like some block parties do. We didn't have a plant or book exchange (though that's on the idea list for next year!). But we did have lots of goodies, a visit by the local police officers who let the kiddies check out their ride, good conversation, games and even some prizes. :)
|Checking out the cool police car!|
Here are a couple of photos from the beast that has become my garden!
To the left in the top picture is what has become of my tomato bed. It's truly a monster... but a monster that has gorgeous tomatoes ALL over it that will be ready to begin picking in a couple of weeks! We've actually already gotten a sampler of a few bites of the grape tomatoes and they are wonderful! I can hardly wait until the rest come in!
We've had a nice, steady portion of rain the last few days. I'll give the garden a good watering if it doesn't rain one more time before we head out for camping trip number two later this week. When I come back, I expect to see more red tomatoes and hopefully there will be some beets to pull!
Happy Hump Day! Enjoy the second-half of your week!