The Lebanese culture places a great deal of importance on social relationships and community ties. In fact, they value these interpersonal relationships so much that there is a popular saying that says that you should pick your neighbor before you choose your home: ”el jar abel el dar.” As a tribute to all our lovely neighbors, we bring you the six types of Lebanese neighbors.

1. The Empty Nester

This neighbor misses their kids, a lot. They take such pride in their children; there’s always a lawyer, a doctor, or an engineer for them to brag about. They will silently judge everything about your house all the while trying to pitch the idea of an arranged marriage between their successful son with a foreign citizenship and one of the neighbor’s daughters. Thanks, I think I’ll pass.

2. The Soccer Mom/Dad

This neighbor has many, many kids…LOUD kids. You rarely see or interact with them but you can surely hear them screaming through the walls, only interrupted by loud thumps and their mother’s screams.

3. The Mooch

This one always comes knocking on your door asking for a dash of salt, a tomato, a potato, or whatever else they need for them to complete their meals. Not that I mind helping people out from time to time, but get your groceries in order, people.

4. The Grandma

This is probably the sweetest and most generous neighbor; whatever they are cooking, they’ll knock on your door and hand you a plate of a new cake recipe, a meal they know you love, or just something they feel like sharing. The best part is when you return the plate they gave you full of a meal you feel like sharing. I love this tradition.

5. The Gossip

They know everything about everyone and can’t wait to spill everything out! Someone bought a new house, someone’s getting engaged, someone’s cheating? You name it, they know it.

6. The Grumpy Old Neighbor

They’re never interested in gatherings or parties, they always seem to have something to complain about, rarely smile, the scent of happiness and people enjoying their time make them frown…we should stage a hug intervention. Nothing that hugs can’t fix, I hope.


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