The people who live next door to our daughter's family have odd ideas about reality. Of more concern is that since M&MV&E&N moved in last summer, these neighbors have been displaying "big nutball" behavior towards our granddaughter, E.
They have two daughters who E plays with and their parents often judge E
harshly because she does not go to church, and they try to make her feel bad about herself and her family. And the reason they know she does not attend a church is because they quizzed her about it the very first time she was in their house, alone, without her parents. They NEVER talk to E's parents about these things, by the way.
E is very imaginative
and created a "game" all the neighborhood kids are now playing involving
wizards turning kids into animals. Fun stuff if you remember what it was like to be a kid. The neighbors told them to stop playing wizards because it was "demonic" and then made my granddaughter go home.
These same neighbors called the police on M&MV when M&MV first moved in because they had a moving pod parked in front of the house over a weekend...waiting to be picked up. They have been telling other
neighbors that M&MV are Satanists because M&MV have a collection of Mexican Alebrije (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alebrije) and also Day-of-The-Dead painted skeletons. (These are actually Mexican Catholic religious icons "The meaning of the Dias de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead figures in
Mexico is to honor those who have died. The figurines are often colorful
and playful. They are meant to represent the individuals who have
passed away." see http://www.ask.com/question/what-is-the-meaning-of-the-day-of-the-dead-dolls-in-mexico). Well, apparently to fearful and narrow minded people these kitschy decorations appear to be proof of devil worship. Seriously. It boggles the mind.
This constant judgment, criticism, and general meanness of spirit directed towards 10 year old E has been heartbreaking and
confusing for her. Last night she was at their house playing, was scolded and sent home. You can imagine how upset she was. Her father, MV, went over to talk with the mother and I tagged along.
Not one of my best ideas. I told the neighbor lady to leave my granddaughter alone (and maybe some other stuff)
😜 and then she ordered me off her property. OK, I might have then said something along the lines of: "Fine! I'll just walk over to their property line and stand THERE and yell at you." Hopefully MV had a more productive discussion with her after I was "sent home" (seemingly a common theme for visitors at their house). I know I misbehaved, but I could not help myself. Sigh.... I hope they do not try to burn me at the stake.