The people in the neighborhood

17 Aug

With the return of better weather in the Spring, I started seeing more neighbors as I walked Richard around my neighborhood. Wet, wintery weather and Civid had kept a lot of people home, but now people are out and about, maskless in the open air.

But there have been changes. A white-haired man who walked daily with his wife now walks alone.A neighbor’s husband and two small dogs hav been replaced by a different man and a large dog. Their next door neighbors suddenly have a six month old baby. I want to ask about these changes, but good manners keep me from doing so. I send positive thoughts instead and wonder other changes have happened in the homes I pass.

A neighbor two blocks over is a school counselor. Over the course of my 15 years in the neighborhood, I saw the birth of her third son, her return to school, her first job as a school counselor. On my walks, she and I would compare how each of our schools and school districts were dealing with the pandemic.

I ran into her again yesterday. I had just passed her house when she came out, glasses on, armed with pen and paper.

“I’m finally reporting that car,” she said as she walked towards a white car parked in front of the house of the woman with the new man and dog. “It’s been there over a year.”

“I thought I was the only one who reported cars,” I laughed. “I am glad to know I am in good company.”

I had only noticed this car a few months ago, but I understood her frustration

“Be sure to let them know the front driver’s side tire is flat,” I told her. “They like those details.”

“The tags have expired, too,” she added.

We chatted a bit about the number of cars with expired tags we see on a regular basis before rolling into talk about the imminent return to school. We are both ready to get back to in person teaching, both comfortable teaching fully masked. We’ll be sure that we and our students are responsible about following COVID protocols, just like we make sure people are responsible about following neighborhood parking protocols.

3 Responses to “The people in the neighborhood”

  1. arjeha August 17, 2021 at 7:37 am #

    Yes, changes have occurred around us while we were holed up in out houses over the last year. It is nice seeing people once again and getting caught up on what has been happening with them.

  2. Lisa Corbett August 17, 2021 at 11:44 am #

    You’ve really caught the passage of time here. Neighbourhoods are constantly in flux, but I know I don’t alway notice the changes.

  3. Stacey Shubitz August 17, 2021 at 1:53 pm #

    I walk a lot and am always on the lookout for things that are different in the neighborhood. These days, I rarely do more than say hello. Back in the pre-Covid times, I’d often stop and chat. Oh, how I long to get back to more stop-and-chats, like the one you had with your fellow educator.

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