I wonder what they must be thinking......

United States
December 26, 2008 3:15pm CST
I live in a pretty quiet neighborhood. While all my neighbors appear to be nice people I have never actually met any of them. We wave and smile if we happen to be outside at the same time, but that is the extent of it. A few moments ago I was sneaking around getting rid of some toys that my little one doesn't play with anymore. He looked up fro mthe movie he was watching to see me heading for the door. I ran out the door and down to the curb and back inside before he could see me getting rid of some toys that he would just remember he loved and can't do without. My neighbor across the street was outside conversing with someone and they looked at me, but I was in a hurry to get back inside. I have been giggling to myself wondering what they must have thought of their usually quiet neighbor sprinting acroass her front lawn with a box and then running back indoors??
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• United States
26 Dec 08
Oddly enough, I was thinking about that earlier today. When I moved here 15 years ago (from the other side of the county), I got to know everyone in the development. For a few years, I was president of the Neighborhood Association. Then my health became too problematic to continue staying up that late (I get up for work at 3:30 every morning). Now, on vacation, I've seen that I don't know anyone here anymore! The few who are still here from my more active days, which were only about 5 years ago, aren't very active anymore, either. One neighbor told me I wouldn't be able to get involved with the association anymore, and she had to quit, because we don't speak Spanish and everyone else does, so the meetings are in Spanish! They've also cut out the annual events we used to fock to, like the Christmas party, New Year's Eve party, 4th of July picnic, Halloween Haunted House for the children, etc. From whiat the boy who cuts my yard tells me, I've become the lady with the white hair who's just about never home.
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• United States
26 Dec 08
Oops! Sorry! We FLOCKED to those events!
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• United States
26 Dec 08
LOL, no worries. I figured that is what you meant. the world is just not as friendly or inviting as it used to be. Most people just feel safer if they keep to themselves. then there are the other types that are afraid that if they show kindness to a neighbor someone may ask something of them. It is a shame that so many good things for your neighborhood have been lost because no one has the time to take up the mantle of leadership properly.
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• United States
26 Dec 08
The activities could bring us together again, but the language barrier is a problem, anyway. One of the neighborhood children told me most of the people can speak English, but they don't want to.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
26 Dec 08
lol. i bet they thought u were up to no good. i have good neighbores but we have one that we just know sits in the window & watches every thing that goes on. i'm glad i'm not that nosy. half the time i don't know anything going on till one of my neighbors tell me. i have a full time job tending to my buisness. hope u aren't the talk of the neighborhood. lol. happy new year~
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• United States
26 Dec 08
I suppose if my neighbors did actually talk to one another I probably would be for a few days. Nothing ever happens on our street. Actually...I may already be the talk of the street. The last out of the ordinary thing that happened on our street involved me! (I had a miscarriage back in October and the ambulance had to come and get me.) Little ole me, the scandalous neighbor!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
26 Dec 08
i'm so sorry about your miscarriage. don't u worry about the neighbors, they need to mind their own buisness anyway. i have good neighbors. there are 4 of us that live in a cove. we all look out for each other & that's nice since i live alone & am old.lol
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@Qaeyious (2362)
• United States
26 Dec 08
I do that all the time when it's very cold Let me see if I can remember a saying I heard - It's the 20 - 40 - 60 rule - at 20, you worry about what people think about you. At 40, you don't care what they think about you. At 60, you realize they weren't thinking of you at all ...
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• United States
26 Dec 08
Well i'm 33, and that sounds about right. It only concerned ne briefly that they might think it was odd. Then after I laughed about it I didn't give it another thought except to post it here.
@oyenkai (4399)
• Philippines
27 Dec 08
Well I would have found it funny if I were your neighbor, and I sure would have found it odd. You pulled up a pretty nice trick on your kid by making sure he doesn't see the old toys or he'd be begging you for him to keep them again. I find it strange when neighbors don't talk, especially if people spend a lot of their time at home - we all know our neighbors in our place, and although us kids don't get along well with the others (because they had their own group and such), we act civil, and the grown ups know each other well.
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• Philippines
27 Dec 08
Hahahahahaha. That is weird meeting no one yet in your neighborhood. Actually creepy. sorry to say. I have watched movies like that and yes it was supper dooper creepy. They might also thinking that their neighbor is one of a kind too. hahahha. a creepy one. hahahaha. If people doesn't really know us they think what they like to think, bad or good. But when times comes that they would come to know you better it would change their thoughts of you. But it would take quite some times. Continue to smile and wave to them or take efforts though to say something even a simple hi and tell your name. Take the innitiative. it might not be easy to do so but in the end you will gain their friendship.
@GAUCI123 (1042)
• Malta
27 Dec 08
Well, I have neighbours and I do the same, I rarley talk to them, but wave and smile as I pass b y. However well I sometimes wonder, what they think about me, well I think that they say that I am strange, since in malta some people tend to be curious on others, which I really hate. Well I learned not to bother of what others think, since if I bother they will make my life miserable. However it is funny that you ran outside throwing toys, well I did it sometimes too, for my child.
• United States
27 Dec 08
i haved ben in my trailer court for about two months now and i only know the lady up front , i have talked to the lady acros the street and one other perosn out here . but it's only polite things nothing more and nothing less.
@srik11 (483)
• India
27 Dec 08
There seems to be no point of wondering at all? Although people tend to think more about those who talk less.... but as you say you didnt keep any kind of closeness...you must not bother about what they think..... people misunderstand soon but they also regret sooner