When Maureen and Jim Nelis got married in January 2018, they had to decide what they’d do for a honeymoon.
For the couple from Derry, Ireland, the choice was a little same than for most. Both of them had been married and widowed, so they decided to forego a honeymoon completely and bring the party somewhere closer together, where it would have a lasting impact.
Instead of traveling, the couple clothed their street in beautiful flowers. And then the neighbors got involved.
Maureen has lived on Harding Street for more than 30 times, and she’s had a long-standing tradition of embellishing the Spanish steps that were available there. When Jim moved in with her, they added his floras to the decoration, livening the street with colouring.
But they had more flowers than room to decorate. So, the BBC reports, they started giving plants away to the people who were most special to them. Then, other neighbors asked if they could be given some weeds very. And that’s when the Nelises stirred their decision.
“Instead of going some place to look at something beautiful, and then come home and still not have any buds here, we forgot about the honeymoon and employed the money back into the neighborhood, ” Maureen told the BBC.
So: no more trip to Florence. The pair started planting instead.
Maureen and Jim gifted their entire neighborhood with fresh blushes. And it’s changed everything .
Almost as soon as they’d made a decision to give everyone in their vicinity window boxes, hanging buds, and other medals, neighbours started assembling to look at each other’s heydays and share gratuities on keeping them thriving with each other.
Anne McGrotty, a resident who lives down the street, told Upworthy that it’s certainly changed the room neighbours connect.
“The blooms[ have] accompanied the neighbors closer and closer, ” she writes in an email. “They chat while out watering their flowers and have even got to know each other better. Some didn’t know each other before this. It has given a sense of pride to the street.”
Maureen said that she never expected that the flowers would make such significant differences or receive such notice.
And though she would likely be reluctant to say this is the beginning of a move — she just wanted to do something nice for her neighborhood! — how enormous would it be if more and more of us focused outward when it came to considering how to spend our leisure time?
Maureen and Jim Nelis — they know how to get stuffs started right.