Thursday, August 07, 2008

open windows

Last night we opened the windows to let fresh air in. The songs of crickets also invited themselves in, and I realized I hadn't heard them all summer long. How is that possible?

I had trouble falling asleep. My throat was scratchy, my thoughts were racing, and after a week of shitty, wakeful-Swee'pea nights, I was dreading the hours of wakefulness to come. But it was such a treat just to lie there and listen to the crickets.

Sometime in the middle of the night, a hard rain woke me up and I realized Swee'pea hadn't joined us yet - hurrah!!

Later still, a rumbling pulled me gently awake. Daylight was just peeking around the curtains, and I decided the morning birds aren't nearly as nice as night-time crickets. Then:

BANG BANG BANG

[silence]

BANG BANG BANG

OPEN THE FUCKING DOOOOOOR!!!

[silence]

BANG BANG BANG

OPEN THE FUCKING DOOORRR!!!

BANG BANG BANG

SMASH

[the musical notes of glass falling to concrete]

Ahh. I will SO not miss my next-door neighbours and their troubled kids who refuse to leave their adolescence behind.

6 comments:

Bon said...

laughing, Sin. mostly because i thought "wow, Swee'pea's pronunciations are really improving!"...until i realized it wasn't him pounding on your door and swearing. ;)

Janet said...

hmmm, they sound like my old neighbours. do they, perchance, drive monster trucks? :)

Denguy said...

Suddenly the sound of the morning birds chirping don't seem too bad.

"Swee'pea hadn't joined us yet - hurrah"
I, too, love that--waking at night to realize you're still in bed alone and get to sleep longer. Beauty.

Mad said...

Ya, I too thought for a moment that Swee'pea's speech had taken a remarkable developmental leap.

Mimi said...

Yeah, I thought it was Swee'pea banging and swearing, too.

At our old house, we couldn't sleep with the windows open because we lived on such a busy street and it was constant steady loud disruptive traffic. I don't miss it the same way you're not going to miss your neighbours (amen!).

Kyla said...

We had those kind of neighbors across the street, I was quite pleased when they moved out and some kindly mild mannered neighbors replaced them.