Do you ever wonder what your neighbors really think of you? If you live with your windows down and curtains open, there’s probably no question, but the rest of us who who have only occasional contact with Those Who Live Next Door … what do they think of us?
I really could care less what they think, if I’m honest. But I do sometimes wonder whenever things get a little crazy on our lot. It crosses my mind that what they hear can be drastically misinterpreted.
Like most (all?) households with more than one small child, there are occasionally – and by occasionally I of course mean daily – periods of loud, intense crying during the day. Screaming matches. Serious toy fights with things thrown and cranial-splitting shrieks. Never-ending sobs.
Can those in the house next door hear us? Do they wonder if we just let our kids sit in their rooms and cry? You never really know what goes on behind closed doors – no matter how nice you think your neighbors are – so who knows if they hear half an hour of on-again-off-again deathly screams and think crazy nuthouse torture chamber?*
(*I’m only kidding.)
But when my kids are in the backyard and start screaming at a high tone well over 100 dB – for a good few minutes straight – our neighbors have no other explanation than serious injury, abuse, or murder (obviously). There is no muffling behind walls! Last week I actually wondered if the husband (who we’d seen in his front yard just minutes prior) was going to run over and make sure he didn’t need to call the cops. Squish was unfairly using her “I’m mortally wounded” cry instead of her “I’m so freaking tired and need a nap” cry (damn sneaky no-napping preschoolers).
I mean, if it was me in the other yard and I heard intense screaming and crying, I would probably walk over to make sure everything’s okay. Wouldn’t you?
So why was Squish crying?
She didn’t want to swing on our swingset after all, even though we went outside to do just that….
More proof that with young children you just can’t win….
So what would your neighbors think of you?