They were a fantastic group to have over; they answered all of our questions - - telling me what Mexican dishes I needed to learn to cook, and discussing what they thought the needs of our neighborhood are, and what the underlying issues are that contribute to those needs. They asked us questions too - - they wondered what we were doing here and if the kids were adjusting well. And when they left, the neighbor to our left said "if you need anything - - anything! please come over and we will do what we can to help; because I've decided that I like you!"
of course this has got me wondering why we didn't throw ourselves a party sooner (suddenly the hellos between us are all friendlier, and that one neighbor doesn't avoid eye contact any more) And I'm starting to feel excited about having them over on an individual basis. . .
(hmmm. what should I cook for them?)