Monday, October 3, 2011

a letter to my neighbors

To my dear neighbors ...

I think you ought to know that we actually do discourage our children from screaming bloody murder in the back yard. But sometimes they forget. And while I try to come as soon as I hear their playful screams, these days during playtime I am often upstairs. And pregnant. Sometimes exercising on the floor. So it may take me a while. But rest assured, when you hear those otherworldly noises coming from our yard, I am waddling downstairs as quickly as my tired old feet can carry me.

Also, we really are going to do more with that back yard. Promise.

Another thing I'd like to point out is that I almost never hear knocks on the door. Between noisy kitchen activities (small appliances, the dishwasher, the faucet running, not to mention my love of listening to music as I work) and the fact that it's impossible to hear a knock on the door from the second story...well, knock at your own risk. I know I'm in the minority, but I really don't mind if you use the doorbell.

Lastly, there's no need to be concerned if you see the light at the back door being turned on and off, on and off, on and off. Please don't concern yourself that someone might be trying to signal an S.O.S. in Morse Code. There's no need, I promise. It's only that my little girl has discovered the versatility of the humble stool, and she is also very fond of light switches. I am merely trying to pick my battles here, especially when there's a toddler involved.

So, that's it. There were just a few things I thought you might need to know. Do with that information as you will...

4 comments:

Rejchrts said...

You are too funny!!! None of the above are issues and I think you are an awesome neighbor and a wonderful mother!!!

I Am Not Superwoman said...

Ahh Mindy, I love this post. Sounds just like Hayden in our back yard. And the light switch thing, that is Hayden too. I just said that the other day when he was flipping the switch. I told him if he keeps doing that someone might think he is in trouble. Hang in there mama.

Kristin said...

Too funny! Somehow I had forgotten how exhausting it was to have a toddler. Or maybe Alaine is just an extra-mischievous one. I don't know. But I do know all about picking my battles.

tlckatz said...

Funny! :-)