While outside photographing our backyard deer a couple of weeks ago, I met our new neighbor. I will call her Denise. Even though that's not her name. But I have no permission to use her real name out here in the blogosphere.
Anywho. I met our new neighbor and she seems quite nice. We chatted for awhile before heading back to our regularly scheduled days. Since then, I've been thinking that I should do something nice to welcome her to the neighborhood. After all, that's the neighborly thing to do, right? And she's the newest person in the neighborhood next to my own family.
But what do I do? Back when, you could take someone a plate of cookies or perhaps a homemade loaf of bread with a jar of jam. But then I think,
What if she's gluten intolerant?
What if she's on a sugar-less diet?
What if she has soy allergies?
So now what am I supposed to do? I don't know her well enough to know her tastes in decorating. I can't exactly get her a housewarming gift. Even a gift card to a local restaurant might be nice, especially during all the busyness of a move. But then we're back to the previous questions, and then some.
What if she doesn't like Chipotle? Maybe even can't stand cilantro (horrors!).
What if she doesn't care to support national chains?
What if she only eats raw?
Good grief! When did it become so difficult to offer a gift to a new neighbor? Why do our lives have to be SO complicated? I'm not trying to make light of people's health, but this is rather frustrating.