It was April 27th, 2013. The day was tight. I was in school that whole week and had to return right after the gathering. I wanted it to be perfect. I had to make a conscious effort to tell myself that it will be perfect no matter what. My heart was in it and that sealed the deal. At the time of set up I had wished I had a couple neighbors that were into it like me and could help me with the set-up, but, that wasn’t the case. Maybe one day it might be the case. But for now, I had to hustle on my own. I put up the Neighbor Day sign. I unfolded chairs. I put up a rope across the alley that had colorful flags on it. I made ice tea and laid out the cookies. I uncorked the wine and iced the beer. Then I waited. And they came from up the alley, from down the alley…they came.