Cul-de-sac

I live in a bungalow in a cul-de-sac. Yes, a BUNGALOW in a CUL-DE-SAC.

‘But wait a minute!’ I hear you cry, ‘Aren’t bungalows and cul-de-sacs for OLD PEOPLE?’

Well, yes, now you mention it, they are.

My daughter is the youngest person in the cul-de-sac. She is the one and only baby ever to have been in the cul-de-sac. OK, she was born in hospital, but she was born while her family lived in the cul-de-sac. I am the youngest adult in the cul-de-sac. Until the other day when my friend moved away my younger son was the third youngest person in the cul-de-sac and my eldest the fourth. Now they’ve moved up to second and third respectively.

My oldest friend grew up in the cul-de-sac. She was the only child living there. Her very presence was frowned upon. Her parents were actually told ‘this isn’t a place for children’. She couldn’t play in the road or make a noise or a mess or (God forbid!) let her ball go onto a neighbour’s drive because it just wasn’t acceptable.

More than 30 years later, things have moved on. Yes, the cul-de-sac is still full of old people. Most of them range from mid-70s up to mid-90s. But the kids aren’t frowned on.

My kids and their friends play in the road and climb the tree. They kick balls around and ride bikes. They run up and down. My neighbours, many of whom aren’t as mobile as they once were, take great pleasure in seeing the kids outside enjoying themselves. They do that old person thing of commenting on how they’ve grown. And who can blame them? They saw me bring my little bundle home from hospital and now she’s in the juniors at school. My boys were toddlers and now they’re nearly as big as me.

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Old people make great neighbours. One couple in particular always look forward to seeing our kids at Halloween They always invite us in for a chat and always have sweets bagged up individually for each of my children. The bags gets bigger and more impressive every year! It is such a pleasure to chat to them and they love hearing our news.

But very soon everything will go back to the way it was ‘meant’ to be 30 or 40 years ago. There will be no more children and no more young(ish) people in the road. The second youngest family has left and we’re hot on their heels. Both houses have been bought by couples in retirement – one in their early 60s and one a few years older. Our neighbour in his early to mid-50s will be the youngest person in the road.

We love our cul-de-sac, but the great thing is, even though we won’t live there any more, we will still be just around the corner. My kids will still kick their ball there and climb the tree there, the neighbours will still see them growing and we’ll still be around at Halloween!

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Your street sounds so much like mine. If we didn’t live here then the youngest person (bar another 10 year old) would be about 50. They all saw us bring z home and they always comment on how he’s grown. I like the mixture and that its relatively quiet too. Sounds like you have really lovely neighbours and its nice you’ll still have the connection even though you’re moving.

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  2. My Mum and Dad live in a bungalow in a cul-de-sac, thus proving your point! Sounds like you have some lovely neighbours-glad you won’t have to lose touch with them!

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  3. Sounds like you’ve lovely neighbours there. A good friend of mine lives in a bungalow in a cul de sac with their 4 year old and they’re by far the youngest people there!

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  4. Thanks very much, ladies. It’s lovely living somewhere like that, isn’t it, Tas? You can’t beat old neighbours!
    Yep, your mum and dad totally prove my point, Sonya. I bet they make lovely neighbours!
    I’m not surprised your friends are the youngest, RR!

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  5. You’re street sounds very familiar to the Lane that I grew up on. I think me and my brothers were the youngest for ages. And we loved it. I particularly loved delivering all the Christmas cards for my mum and dad, especially as I got older and was invited in for a wine or sherry at every house. It turned in to an all day event with me returning to mum’s slightly merry. I still do the Christmas deliveries if I’m back in December. It’s a real treat.

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  6. They sound good neighbours. Hopping by via #Weekendbloghop and I’ve given you a follow on Bloglovin

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  7. Your street sounds ace, 3Yearsandhome! My sister used to enjoy delivering my parents’ Christmas cards, but there was never any alcohol involved! She always had to wear a Santa hat though. Hope you get to do some deliveries yourself this year!
    They’re brilliant neighbours, thanks for the follow, mumjd.

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  8. We live in quite a mixed area, lots of families. But we have late-teen boys on either side of us and I’d give anything to swap them for some oldies!

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  9. Sounds like the cul-de-sac did it’s job during the time you lived there! x

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  10. Sounds like a lovely place to live Sarah. We live in a fairly new development and are really fortunate to have wonderful neighbours, many of whom have kids. It’s great to let your children be able to ‘play out’ like we used to as kids #MagicMoments

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  11. I think bungalows are super cool, I plan to one day have one down behind the sand dunes at Camber Sands. The idea of a Cul-de-Sac is pretty cool too, never lived in one, but it sounds like a great way to create a micro community. #MagicMoments

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  12. Sounds like a nice place to live. We have recently moved and scarily discovered we are the youngest (and OH is just old enough to join the Over 50s luncheon club). Cul-de-sacs are cool too, at least you can kick a ball around without getting run over.

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  13. awww Sarah what a lovely post! i think it sounds like a fantastic neighbourhood. I am pleased you guys wont be too far from it when you move x

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  14. Nothing wrong with bungalows or cul – de – sacs, in fact the latter are very sensible with children. Sounds like you have a lovely community where you live.

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  15. we live in a cul-de-sac but luckily we’ve had a sudden flurry of house sales and almost all have been bought by people just starting their families so mine have gone from being the youngest to the oldest in the street! Nice Post – thanks.

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  16. I actually have a lump in my throat reading this – reminds me of where my Nan lived (although it wasn’t a cul-de-sac) but it had the same sense of neighbouring – loved reading this and thanks for letting me remember some times I had forgotten x #magicmoments

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  17. Thanks very much, everyone. Cu;-de-sacs really are great places to live and play out safely. I’m surprised you’ve got younger people in yours, Afra. I presume they’re not bungalows?!
    WW of L, that’s such a lovely comment. Thanks very much. It’s lovely when someone else’s post has that effect on you and helps you to remember something in your own life. x

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