So, we had some horrid neighbors living next door to us for the majority of my childhood (thieving, fighting, always getting raided kind of people) and when they were finally told to leave (because all the children had grown up and the house was too big for them) my family were really happy about it.
Anyway, we then got some new neighbors and I kept saying I was going to make them a cake and write them a welcome card but my mother was pretty against it.
As soon as they moved in they built a really high fence all around the house so the garden was really private. I never saw anyone there except for some little children on their bikes and when I asked my mum she said they seemed like the kind of people who weren't really interested in talking to anyone. As i live in her house at the moment I wasn't just going to go against her and do it anyway.
We live in a pretty gossipy village and it turns out that one of the youngish girls (about 13/14/15) accused a boy in our village of raping her (a boy from the family of our original neighbors) and when she was asked why it took so long for her to tell anyone she said, well my step dad does it to me all the time. Anyway, apparently the boy was never charged but that family quickly moved out about a month after being put under police protection because the dad (former neighbor) of the accused rapist threatened to kill them and broke into their house.
Now we have a new family who have moved in and I'm too scared to take them around a cake or card in case something terrible is wrong with them! Well, obviously i'm not really too scared but I would feel a bit weird about it.
That is just my pretty boring story.
What I want to know is, do you introduce yourself and welcome your new neighbors to the neighborhood/apartment block/road? Have you ever had anyone do it to you? Would you feel weird about eating food a neighbor had baked/cooked for you? Would it make you paranoid?