- Gender and Relationships
You Know Your Condo Neighbours Better Than You Realize
If you live in a condominium or an apartment, you are surrounded by suites beside, above, or below your own. Although you have your own space between the suite walls, you share the building with your neighbours. You likely know more about these people than you realize.
Recently I stepped out of the shower in my condo and heard the water running in the suite directly above me. Although I have never met the owner, he or she took a shower at almost the exact time as me on that particular day.
We each proceeded to accomplish different tasks that day and never crossed paths. I do however know that we shared a similar moment at a similar point in time on that late morning.
My neighbour across the hall keeps a small white shopping basket outside her front door. I have seen her wheel it to her door, take out the grocery bags, and leave the item there.
Perhaps she has a bad back that keeps her from being able to carry the heavy bags by hand. Perhaps she takes the bus rather than driving to save money, and carts the basket with her between bus stops. I introduced myself when she first moved in but we have barely spoken since.
While I can deduce many quirks and lifestyle choices about my neighbours from their actions, I may be wrong every time. I pick up small details as I listen and see different gestures on a daily basis.
I could engage in more conversation with my neighbours than I do currently and likely find answers to my questions. Maybe in the meantime I will continue to wonder about their habits as they do the same about me. Maybe our relationships are more fun that way.