Wednesday, March 28, 2007

THAT neighbor is mee

So my neighbor stops by last night and says, "I'm returning something to your boys." He hands me a half eaten dill pickle, which my 13 year old threw over the fence into their pool. Of course he denies it, even though there are three witnesses (his brothers) that say he did it. I apologize. I make him apologize, even though he claims innocence, but then, he is ALWAYS innocent. I don't know how it happened but my house has become THAT house. You know, that house that always has a gang of boys hanging around it with weeds a mile high, that all the neighbors are just estimating the years til all the boys grow up and leave. All I really need is a rusty major appliance and the back seat from a truck to sit out on my front porch and I'm set.

But to at least make amends for my shabby yard, I went out this morning to mow the weeds. The grass doesn't need mowing yet, just the weeds since we didn't pretreat. But when the mower we bought just last year started smoking to high heaven, I had to use the old one. It works fine as long as you pull it backwards, until it just quits for an hour or so. So the yard is half-way done now, the tallest weeds gone. Oh, man, my reputation of being THAT neighbor is fixed. Oh well, maybe I should embrace it.


Faith said...

You know, though, there are worse things than being THAT neighbor, the one with all the boys and the weeds and the dill pickles that get thrown over the back fence. But those worse things won't happen, because you aren't those things. Your boys are healthy and hearty and happy and immensely lovable, as are you. :)

Izzybella said...

Oh, this post made me laugh so much. Faith is right, there are worse things than being THAT neighbor. And at least, no matter what your self-perceived faults may be, your children know they are very much loved.