OMG – I find myself watching the neighbors through the blinds in my room. How did it come to this?
The neighbor to our right is a middle-aged woman with two teenaged children and a dog. There might be a husband, but I have never seen him. She seems very nice. Of course nearly everyone in the South seems "very nice.” It is hard for a Northerner like me to discern if she is really nice or just well mannered. When we first moved in she came over and introduced herself and immediately started telling us the details about other neighbors on the block. Not all the neighbors, just the white ones. She did not tell me any information about the tattooed Hispanic guy who drives a Harley. She did not tell me about the two black families who live on the street. That raised a bit of a red flag with me. If you remember from my May 29, 2014 post “Oy Vey, and I Really Mean It!” I am uncomfortable with living in a suburban neighborhood. I do not want to know the details about my neighbors. The neighbors on our left are our kind of people – they ignore us and have never even waved or spoken to us. I am pretty sure they wish we would disappear. I can relate to that sentiment.
So how did I develop this new spying behavior? My room, aka office/quiltmaking/grandchild’s playroom, faces the street and during the day I keep the blinds open to let natural light in. My computer is set up in front of the window, because otherwise the room seems dark and gloomy. As I work on the computer I keep catching sight of Next Door Lady walking her dog, and going across the street to another neighbor’s house. Every morning she goes over there around the same time. You can imagine how intriguing this window on the world is to a retired woman with no friends and time on her hands. I cannot help but notice. I cannot help but wonder why is she going there every day? She lets herself in the house and she always has her dog in tow. There is another dog that lives across the street. Maybe she is feeding it? Next Door Lady never stays in their house long. If I see Across the Street Family outside I inevitably see Next Door Lady walk over across the street and interact with the family’s dog or pick up their toddler. Are they close friends, or maybe family? Does Across the Street Lady like spending so much time with Next Door Lady, or does she cringe when she sees Next Door Lady hightailing it across the street whenever she ventures outside? I wonder what the story is on the tattooed biker down the street? Why am I thinking about this stuff?
I might move my computer away from the window. Life is too short.