This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. I’m partnering with Folgers® at Walmart through the Share A Cup & A Story campaign to create personal connections within my community
We’d leave the light on for our neighbors’ kids, and show them an always open door into our home. We stayed in touch as we all grew up – always there to help feed a pet, babysit a kid, lend a cup of sugar, and offer a supportive, listening ear.
To this day, we stay in touch with most of those neighbors. We have all grown up and moved away, but the world is smaller through email and Facebook. I’ve had many homes since those first suburban streets in New Jersey. I’ve had roommates in urban areas, and then I lived with Cassidy in a middle apartment in San Francisco – surrounded on all sides – and even upstairs and downstairs! Then, in our first home in Massachusetts, we lived in a split-level condo with great families on the other side. I have ALWAYS had close neighbors, it seems, and I can remember every smiling, helpful face.
When we bought our first home, the one we live in now, we thought those days are over! And we needed them more than ever, it seems. We had a two-year-old daughter and I was six weeks pregnant with my son! We moved onto four acres in a clearing in the woods – but also in a city. Talk about feeling alienated at times! Then we discovered just how awesome our neighbors are! Our nearest neighbors brought over holiday cookies. Our second nearest neighbors held packages for me during the holidays. Then we discovered a family who lives through the woods, past a llama farm, and up a hill!
Why? It’s because when my cat was lost, she helped me organize a search to find her. When I was sick, she offered to take my kids to school. And when my car broke down, she came over as quickly as anything to help me jumpstart it!
It’s awesome and humbling to say thanks to the amazing everyday neighbors in our life. I had to think about exactly how I’d do it. I know she loves coffee, because who doesn’t? I also know she can feel isolated like I do, because she also lives in the woods and on a hill! It’s like we’re at opposites sides of the mountain, but so close! I invited her over for a coffee date.
I brought over Folgers Classic Roast Coffee because I brew a pot every afternoon around that time of day when I tend to get tired. Jen, my neighbor, is one of the most cheerful, helpful and uplifting people I know! I loved sharing coffee talk.
Through talking, I found out so much about her. She lives in an A-Frame house like I do, and we talked about the windows, and all of the pros and cons of living in the woods. Sometimes it feels great. Other times, it’s hard in the winter.
Jen has twin daughters who are two years older than my oldest. I got so much information from her about the teachers and the upper grades in the elementary school. It made me feel more hopeful about the coming years – with my kids growing up. It’s hard for me when they turn a new age. I realize there are so many benefits to it, though. And I am confident that both of my kids have the teachers they will do so well with. It was incredibly uplifting to look forward to a new school year. I always get sad at the end of summer, but there’s excitement too. I learned so much over coffee with my awesome neighbor!
Head to Walmart and find Folgers Classic Roast in the coffee aisle! You can also learn more about Colombian, Black Silk, Half Caff, and Gourmet Supreme. It seems that there’s something for everyone in your life!