The World Around Me {#FTSF}

I open my garage door to a quiet cul-de-sac. I catch a glimpse of a car passing by the adjoining street, but otherwise don’t hear anything. My daughter is screaming out Almost There at the top of her lungs… and since I’m the good SAHM, I’m belting out the lyrics too. I tend to think I have a good voice, but thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be anyone around to let me know that I’m wrong.

We return a few hours later to one sleeping infant and a toddler obviously needing a nap. Getting out of the car is a fight, her crying, me begging her to just get out or she can stay in the hot garage. The yells and screams don’t seem to provoke any movement in the blinds or curtains as I look around to see if anyone notices my struggle.

On the weekend, my children play in the street, my son riding his bike around the neighborhood. My daughter pretends she can’t pedal her tricycle, except when she’s bribed with chocolate. One car pulls out of their garage, waving kindly goodbye after checking that they wouldn’t hit my daughter.

I return back inside to clean work blog watch television as my husband stays outside with the kids. A couple of hours later, they all return inside and act like they have been in the desert for the last few weeks. Lots of water, snacks galore and nap time for the baby.

Three of my immediate elderly neighbors are on the Homeowners’ Association Board. When I get a chance to see them, I get a courteous “Hello” as they walk their dogs.

In short, I don’t know my neighbors. They don’t know me. I think I want to change it, but should I?

This has been another edition of Finish the Sentence Friday. This week’s prompt is “When it comes to my neighbors…” How would you answer it? Come link up at: Finding Ninee!



19 thoughts on “The World Around Me {#FTSF}”

  1. I would say give it a chance and get to know them, but then they could be horrible or crazy, so not sure if my advice is the best. But I guess you never know unless you get to know them!

  2. Sitting here with your tune playing. Just lovely. I vote for you to get to know them. Doesn't have to be a daily visit but it's nice to know a weensy bit about them. And for them to know a weensy bit about you. Go for it!

  3. I don't really know my neighbors either, but it sure would be nice to be able to have the kind of open doors I had as a kid growing up. Even knowing one well enough to exchange play dates would be nice (we do sortof have one but not really). I say go for it too!

  4. tamaralikecamera

    This is a fun prompt. We live in a clearing in the woods and we do have some neighbors but not close. The ones that are the closest are super nice, but we don't really see them that often. Only a few times a year!

  5. Sometimes , on the days where a whole lotta crazy is going on , I embrace the anononimity. In fact, all these FTSF posts are making me wonder what my neighbors have to say about me…

  6. I don't quite know my neighbors personally but I can recognize them by face. They know my husband but I've only been here for about 3 yrs so they probably know me as the wife. I do smile when I see them. Suprisingly they know my son quite well even when he rarely goes out.

    1. LOL! They definitely know me more than my husband. I think he hasn't said anything more than "hi" to them. I try to talk to them when I see them, but it's so rare, it's hard.

  7. I'd add my vote to those who suggest that you reach out to your neighbors. I've found it to be mostly rewarding. Plus, if you reach out to just a few of those elderly HOA Board members, I bet that they'll help you steer clear of the really obnoxious neighbors! Good luck!

    1. Thanks! Our neighborhood is so quiet. From what I can gather, the other "April" is the only annoying person on the block.

    1. No, I don't think it'll be my forever house… only for the next couple of years. the community is much older. I want to be around people who kids my kids' ages.

  8. This reminds me of that Jason Bateman comedy with Kristin Wiig–"Extract"—hilarious-you must check it out. They avoid their neighbors like the plague and then when they finally talk to the neighbor–well, it doesn't go well. 🙂 But i think it's a good idea to get to know your neighbors. you never know when you might need them.

    1. I will definitely have to check that out. I thought I had at least heard of Jason Bateman's movies. I haven't heard of this one before! I will. I'm just a little slow with it.

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