When we pulled into the driveway this week on garbage day, our neighbor came out of her house to pull her garbage cans away from the sidewalk. Our three concurrent trips between the sidewalk and our respective backyards along the two-foot-tall fence separating our driveways could have been totally awkward silence. I mean, really, what do you say to someone while pushing around a garbage can?
Good thing one of us graduated with honors from the School of Suburbia Etiquette. I yelled hello, waved, and ran to hide in the house. But I was comforted by the knowledge that someone was being a good, friendly neighbor.