Sunday, October 04, 2009

Want to Feel Better About Your Weekend?

Well, if you have a newly walking toddler, you can congratulate yourself if you didn't let him/her dive headfirst into a patch of sidewalk. And even if you did let that happen, surely you didn't also get the band-aid stuck in his/her hair.


And even if you DID both of those things (unlikely), you surely didn't make a complete fool of yourself with your neighbors.

I'm quite positive your daughter didn't notice smoke coming from your neighbors' roof and that your view wasn't such that you couldn't tell if the smoke was coming from the chimney. Then, even after you walked out into the yard to get a better look and still couldn't tell whether the smoke came from a chimney OR whether anyone was home, I'm sure you didn't call the neighbors (who, incidentally, aren't polite enough to ever speak to you) to see if they were in fact home and find out whether they possibly had a wood-burning fire place that they were currently using. And surely you didn't make that phone call, only to be totally embarrassed when it turned out that they were using their fireplace for the first time this season. I am sure you also didn't have an extremely uncomfortable moment with the neighbor on the phone when she realized who you were and remembered how much she and her husband hate your dog.

And if all of that did happen to you, then maybe you aren't thrilled about all the moments of your weekend either. And also? It's pretty creepy how parallel our lives are.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I still love you. Michael is fine and you are just toughening him up. The neighbors still are nuts (look positively as at least you aren't like them). And, the best news is that the weekend is over so now you have the opportunity for a great week.

Lil Mouse said...

It's nice of you to be concerned. I would laugh that kind of a call off and say thank you and hang up, not a big deal, or it shouldnt be, to them. Poor Michael. Well hopefully he will learn from it and not have a scar.

Hillary or Ryan said...

I would much rather have a neighbor who is concerned about the smoke than one that would ignore such a thing. And I'm the same neighbor...the one with the barking dog. I bet it has something to do with the fact that we both have terriers!

Anonymous said...

Well to make you feel a little better they called the city on us for the trailer in the driveway that we are using to put the garage sale stuff in. We are not keeping it if they could have just asked us we would have told them. Also the one of the reasons we don't speak to the neighbor next to us. It's better that way unfortunately several run in's with them too. People are just plain RUDE.

bluedaisy said...

I've only got one parallel (sort of): 2 year old Liam face-planted on the sidewalk while playing, leaving him with some nice road rash on his forehead, nose and a little on the cheek. Even those who have been walking for a while can take a spill. And he was wearing his bike helmet at the time...but his face broke his fall anyway...sigh... At least you are a concerned neighbor & you know what? I agree with some of the other comments, if people don't appreciate your concern, then it's THEIR problem- you did a nice thing & your neighbor should be embarrassed by her childish behavior...seriously!

Mommy Daisy said...

Oh man, what a weekend! Hope the rest of the week looks better.

CARRIE said...

Next time, just call the fire dept for them.....
Some people don't realize how fortunate they are to have conscientious neighbors.
Wanna move near me?

Anonymous said...

We also have a neighbor across the street who doesn't speak to us...they're stuck up older (not old) people and i'm sure we drive them crazy with the kids being out all the time. Oh well, if they can't appreciate that you still tried to save their house from burning down (theoretically speaking)...then boo on them!
As for Michaels head...that's a war wound and will only give him more character. if this makes you feel any better, Dave has dropped all three our our kids. Max fell off the bed as a baby (when he started rolling). Ben, he literally dropped him on his face (1 yr old) when he tripped over a tricycle in the driveway (and if you think Michaels head looks bad you should have seen Ben's mouth after that one)! Ben also fell face first onto the road when going for a walk (not once but twice). Then this weekend when i was gone, Sam fell out of her car seat (she was being fed in it) off the counter when Dave when to stop the boys from throwing food at the table. Luckily he had his hands under her as she hit the carpet but it could have been bad. So, we all have rough ones so don't sweat it. Also, i'm pretty sure you didn't have to go to Penn St and play the #1 team in the country this weekend...umm, yeah - i've had more fun at the dentist!

Love you,
Goobs!

Pam said...

Thanks for the message! I don't know many people so probably wouldn't do a party but I'll be ordering books for Christmas.
Ouch - poor Michael! That's the kind of thing I do all the time. As for the neighbours, well they sound a bit sour so don't worry about it.
An English friend of mine once knocked on a car window in a parking lot and informed the driver his radiator was leaking. It was the AC unit but since cars in England don't have AC my friend hadn't seen the pool of water before. He felt stupid and I laughed my head off.