That's how many steps it takes us to walk from our front door to our next-door neighbor's door.
And we walk those twenty-five steps dozens of times during the week (sometimes during one day, but that's not important right now).
Debbie ( the mom): "We made homemade enchiladas. Come for dinner."
Me: "I made arroz con pollo tonight. Can you bring a salad?"
Rafe (the dad): "Can we borrow an onion, some butter and a roll of paper towels?"
Our kids love each other. Their two oldest daughters are part of our regular Sunday Improv group. They totally love introducing each other to classic movies.
Lucy babysits for their two youngest.
Eric and Rafe are great friends.
We share a meal every Friday evening, taking turns cooking. The kids and the parents split up afterward, so we can talk about what's really happening in our lives. They are friends, confidants, role models. When our two families are all together there are TWELVE (!) of us.
And so it goes. We share community life at its finest. Organically. Not contrived. We just LOVE these people.
Me: "Rafe, it's my mom's birthday! Can you please come take pictures of my family?"
(He just happens to be a FABULOUS photographer. Do I lead a charmed life, or what??)
So we take those twenty-five steps. Back and forth. Back and forth. Feeding. Helping. Borrowing stuff. Listening to each other. Driving together. Making plans. Watching movies.
Their kids: "We're making homemade pizzas tonight, Darbys. Come over at 5:30."
The MYOP (make-your-own-pizza) was a particularly fun time. The best part of it was that it was completely spontaneous.
Trader Joe's herb (pre-made) pizza dough
Trader Joe's pizza sauce
shredded mild cheddar, jack, monterey, swiss, parmesan and mozzarella
Buffalo mozzarella cheese slices
Fresh diced garlic
Cook in a 450 degree (hot!) oven.
Cut the pizzas into small slices so that everyone can have a taste. =D
And it occurs to me that as we go back and forth between our two homes, taking those twenty-five steps each way, making homemade pizzas together that we're not just sharing food, we're sharing LIFE.
Thanks, Guajardos! You make our lives SWEET.
Do you have neighbors that are like family? Tell me.