Ok, maybe I’m just being loca, but our neighbors just moved out and I can’t help but feel a small gleam of liberation. It’s not that they were bad people by any means, but they just never had anything in common with us. My husband and I are both really excited about new blood and especially about the possibility of Latinos moving in. There aren’t any Latinos in our neighborhood right now. The hubs unpacked his Mexican flag today with hopes of hanging it outside, now that the weather is warmer. I think he’s secretly hoping that this will let Latinos know que tenemos gente in our neighborhood…and hopefully, encourage them to move into the vacant house next door. ;) Don’t get me wrong, we have no problem living in a predominantly white neighborhood, but it does get uncomfortable when you’re often looked at as the outsiders on the street. Over time and with getting to know our neighbors better, some of that does slip away, but there are still families that see us as “different”.
We moved to the midwest from Michigan last year and almost every time we tell someone we’re from Michigan, they say, “Oh, that’s nice. So, how did you like Detroit?” Huh??? At first I was confused by this question, but the more I heard it, the more I was sure that it was a stereotype about the color of people from Detroit. ”We’re not from Detroit,” I would tell them, “We’re from the west coast.” ;) This response always gets strange looks. First, the shock that we could be from a city other than Detroit, then the realization that, yes…Michigan does have a coastline. Anyway, my point is…that our neighbors (especially this particular one) asked those semi-obnoxious stereotypical questions and while I mostly just avoided her family, I couldn’t help but feel like a foreigner in my own neighborhood because of those “insider” glances and “outsider” assumptions.
Regardless, we’re excited and hoping that the next family will have interests in common with us, maybe young children, and hopefully a little diversity! =)
UPDATE: April 8/2011 ~ Today the landlord next door was out sprucing up the house for our new neighbors. Hubby asked if there might be more diversity coming into the neighborhood (*rolling eyes* he probably shouldn’t have asked that out loud! Lol!) and the woman replies, “What?! Why would there be??? If you want diversity, I think they live more down that way.” She points to the other far outskirts of our neighborhood. Wow! Now, that’s blunt! It scares me a bit, but you never know…they may not be as rude as this crazy viejita! ;)
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