A quiet summer afternoon - NOT!
July 18, 2016 8:51am CST
It's a beautiful sunny day today, here in the part of England where I live. The sky is deep blue with the odd whispy clouds, the air is still and it's warm without being uncomfortably so. I'm working from home and it ought to be lovely. Sadly, the guy on one side thinks it's the perfect day to jet wash his patio and since he's about 12 feet away from me, I've had to shut the window. This morning I thought a cat was being tortured. Several times, hearing the plaintive and insistent crying, I headed outside to see if I could help the poor creature before realising it was the neighbour's child screaming his little lungs out. I have no maternal instincts at all and as soon as I'd made sure it was only a child being tortured and not some poor innocent kitty, I headed back to my desk. And now I think my husband's going to cut the grass. So much for a quiet day at home.
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18 Jul 16
@boiboing I'm surrounded by neighbours who are constantly using high-pitched garden implements and there's just no need for it. However we have no families with young children near us, a fact that is just registering with me - I'd never thought of that particular blessing, and the only cats around are our own. But those blasted lawn mowers, strimmers and I don't know what else ....
18 Jul 16
You cannot believe it, but I was horrified for a moment thinking that a poor kitty was tortured and was finally relieved to know that it was only a child. Our neighbor has decided to trim the edge today and to prune the trees. This is surely the worst timing of the year to prune the trees.
• Hangzhou, China
19 Jul 16
My next-door neighbour has a little daughter of four, who used to cry a lot one or two years ago. Her mom said that it was easy for her to cry once she did not get what she wanted. Often we could hear her crying loud. Now she is much better than before, she does not cry as much as before at all as time goes by. So I guess small children usually love to cry, but time will change them later on. Thanks for the discussion.