It was Wednesday night, around 9:30. The neighbors' three children were running around their yard, screaming, laughing, having a grand time. I tried to ignore it, really. They live directly across the street and the screaming was getting on my nerves.
Finally at 10:15 I could take no more. I looked out the window a few times and didn't see any adults. Where was their mother? She and I have spoken on a few occassions and she seemed like a sweet, nice, reasonable woman. I didn't see anyone. So, I stepped outside and called over to the kids...
"Hi guys, do you think that you can stop screaming? My son is trying to sleep.."
Before I knew it, the mother, Kelly, flew over in a rage. She started to scream from the sidewalk in front of her house, "It's ok! They are just having fun! It's summertime, you know!"
I was taken aback. First by the fact that she let her children be public nuisances at 10:15 at night (they are aged 9, 7, and 5) but also by her complete about face in being friendly. I was nice as pie when I asked them to stop screaming (seriously, they are only kids after all!), but she just totally freaked.
My son's bedroom is in the front of the house, and I could hear every shriek. I mentioned this to Kelly.
"Oh, I think the walls are thick enough! They are just having fun! It's summertime." She turned abruptly and walked away in a huff.
Yes, I know it is summertime. However, there is such a thing as common decency. There is such a thing as a noise ordinance. There is such a thing as a fine for disturbing the peace.
I watched her walk for a few seconds and called out, "Ok, thank you". Read that in the tone of voice a person would use with a mental patient.
Yesterday, I tried to put it out of my head, but it just wouldn't leave. How and why did this woman turn so quickly against me? I also tried to talk to her about it. I saw their door open, so I went to knock. The door was suddenly closed. I knocked and stood for a few moments. I knocked again. And stood. I could hear them inside the house. At this point, I was annoyed that she was being so immature. Finally, the door opened and the oldest girl was standing there. I simply asked for her mom. She was "in the bathroom". Ah, right. Ok, well, I apologized to the kids anyway. Seriously, I shouldn't have. I felt that perhaps Kelly freaked out because I shouldn't have talked to her kids, but directly to her. The oldest child was sweet and I said I would come back in a little bit to talk to her mom...
I didn't get a chance to do so. I took Dino out to ride his scooter around the block. I figured if I could catch her out, we could iron this out. Nope. She was standing at another neighbors house. They were staring at me and then both turned their backs as I walked by.
Are you serious? Is this f-ing high school?
I give up. I tried to be nice about it, even though I don't think I am wrong. I tried to be mature about it. Next time, I call the cops lady. You can deal with them.