#VT – I signed up for Front Porch Forum about 3 months ago and made first response recently to a neighbor’s request for a place to store her car. I told her we didn’t have one but if she ever wanted to sell it we may be interested.
That started a series of emails and that led to conversations and then a face to face meeting. She understood my being nervous about my 16 year old son spending his entire savings account on a used car. How would we know if the engine or some other big part would need to be replaced soon after we bought it? Turns out we go by her house everyday – we began to trust each other.
She wound up putting in new brakes before we bought the car because she didn’t want my son getting in an accident! We even bartered a little – she needed the use of our truck and we needed a little off the asking price. It was a win win.
We are still in touch and she may be hiring my son for odd jobs. And the car – a Suburu – is still running great. Thanks FPF for connecting us!
Thanks to Pam in Richmond for sharing this today. We hear variations of this tale over and over at FPF. Building real community in a place doesn’t happen quickly and it takes many strands to form strong local webs.