This morning Dave and I talked about a news story which I’ve posted below. We each had a bit of a different take on it and we would love to know your thoughts. I’ll give you each side of our opinions.
Suzanne – I moved from the east coast 17 years ago to little Harrisburg which had about 700 people at the time. And yes, it was tough making friends at first. People are very private in the midwest, but I didn’t see it as their job to embrace me, this new person. I volunteered a lot, got involved with the community and eventually felt like I belonged. It took me reaching out and making efforts, saying hi and introducing myself. Did this couple really give this North Dakota town a fair shake?
Dave – Being a newcomer, shouldn’t they be welcomed with open arms? And I mean more than just a “welcome to the neighborhood” basket, but people making a genuine effort to develope a relationship.
Here’s the news story from the AP:
HAZELTON, N.D. (AP) _ THE ONLY FAMILY LURED BY A TINY NORTH DAKOTA TOWN’S PROMISE OF CASH AND FREE LAND SAYS IT PLANS TO LEAVE HAZELTON, NORTH DAKOTA. MICHAEL AND JEANETTE TRISTANI SAY THEY WERE PREPARED FOR THE BITTER WINTERS, BUT WERE TREATED AS OUTSIDERS. THEY HOPE TO RETURN TO FLORIDA.