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Should I feel obligated to invite a neighbor we don't know to our backyard neighborhood picnic?


My family is planning to host a backyard cookout in about a month. We plan to invite a small group of our close neighbors. We never met the family that lives directly across from us (weird, I know) and have only had odd interactions with the father (he once shot a bb gun at our house). I think it would be awkward not to invite this family to our party, since we are including the families on either side of their house, but I don't really like this family from what little I know about them. Should we try to be more friendly and invite this family? Or can we just invite who we want? Thanks!

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21 months ago
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    Donna (purl3agony) 21 months ago

    Thanks. Your answer makes me feel a lot better about just inviting who we want :)

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    Donna (purl3agony) 21 months ago

    Thanks for your understanding. We moved here 3 years ago, and no one was very friendly. But now there are newer neighbors who are very nice. It's just the neighbor across the street that's a sticky spot. Still undecided but I appreciate your help.

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    Donna (purl3agony) 21 months ago

    Thanks, Lisa! This makes me feel a little better. We only plan to invite those neighbors that we are friendly with, and this neighbor has never even returned our simple greetings. I think your's is good advice :)

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    Donna (purl3agony) 21 months ago

    Yes, you're right. We should probably talk to him and clear up some bad feelings. Thanks so much for your advice and help!


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21 months ago
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    Donna (purl3agony) 21 months ago

    I hadn't thought about it like that, but you're absolutely right! Thanks so much for your help!

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    Donna (purl3agony) 21 months ago

    True! The bb gun thing was a little weird. We never saw him shoot the gun. We heard something hit the house and when we looked outside, he was in his yard holding a bb gun. We just put 2 and 2 together. Thanks so much for your comment and help!

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    Donna (purl3agony) 21 months ago

    Thanks! I'd like to be a good and friendly neighbor, but the few times I've interacted with these neighbors have been very unpleasant. I keep going back and forth on this. I will think some more about your suggestion.

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