I would not want to be our neighbors.
We are loud.
Well, I should clarify,
is as quiet as a mouse.
Plus he is at work 24/7,
so even if he was loud,
the neighbors would never know.
Our neighbor on the right is a single man
He is nice and young and always says hi
to everyone in our driveway!
Kaish, Jonathon, Patrick, Kevin and Shoshi
all like him.
And I like him a ton because
I always ask him if we are loud
and he always says ‘No.’
Then we have the neighbors on the left.
I wrote about them here.
I would like to just say that since that time,
things have gone down hill.
Way down hill.
A few months ago the woman was angry
about the children running across her backyard.
Now, you should know,
in our townhouse development,
all backyards are community property.
It doesn’t really matter if it is
directly behind your home or not,
anyone can use it.
Apparently the boys were playing.
I am guessing it was a Chasing and Fighting game
of some sort as that is the only game
I have ever seen them play…
They ran onto ‘her’ part
of the community property
She speaks a different language so
the children were not 100% sure what she said,
but they did say that she had pointed to
Shoshi and called him a terrorist.
and perhaps not fond of the excitement and enthusiasm
the children had for their games.
I told them to be kind.
Try to do their best to avoid
‘the neighbors' part of the yard.
I also had to explain what a terrorist was to Shoshi.
I knocked on her door,
(after I had calmed down,)
and she would not answer.
She was screaming at me thru the closed door though.
I asked her (as best as I could)
thru the closed door
to please speak kindly to the children.
I told her we would try to avoid that part of the yard.
I told her Shoshi was NOT a terrorist.
And I walked away.
Gary was annoyed when I told him later that night.
I think the terrorist part threw him over the edge.
Since that time,
whenever I see her,
she raises a fist at me.
Seriously. A fist.
I just smile.
What else can you do when someone
raises a fist at you?
I decided I would not try to be her friend any more.
Clearly, friendship is not on her agenda.
Today, while the kids were playing in the snow,
she came out screaming.
Apparently some of the snow was falling onto her driveway.
I can see how that would be annoying.
However, I can not see
how that would make you call a child a very bad name.
I was in the garage at the time,
I saw the whole thing.
I was so stunned.
I dropped the bicycle I was moving
and came out into the driveway.
She closed her garage door.
Kaishon and Shoshi and Jonathon were speechless.
And then they got angry.
I talked to them again about how
there will be many people in our lives
that are difficult to get along with
and we have to learn how to deal with them.
She didn’t answer.
I heard some yelling thru the door.
Something about “Get away” and “Call the police”
I guess there is nothing we can do.
It makes me feel stressed though.
I am sharing it with you.
Can you think of something we can do differently?
How would you deal with her?
It makes me sad that the kids
have to learn about things like
Terrorism and Racism
from this little old lady…
Very, very sad.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.