What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

Old World

My old world Armenian neighbors always sound like they're yelling. From the moment I moved in and with impeccable regularity twice a day they pound something in their walk-in closet bordering my own here in my little one bedroom bungalow. I've started a top ten list of possible explanations that includes churning their own butter, beheading a goat, building an ark, burying relatives and actually banging. My whole apartment shakes. She's got a bum knee and he waters the sidewalk three times a day all year round in a town that's prone to drought. He calls himself Levon, she's called Silva. They bring me food they grow in a garden and some they might have butchered in their own tub. I've stopped taking it from them. We share air and dirt with a dry cleaners six feet away. They seem insulted now. She moved off the walkway and bowed to me with that hand sweeping gesture used in royal courts last night when I got home from work. I wanted to tell her so badly that when I finished showering this morning I went to the bedroom to lower the blinds to keep the afternoon sun out and as I swept the curtain aside to do so there stood her husband watering his tomatoes. They say they speak very little English. I speak no Armenian. Gestures count.


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No matter how close or how far, we all live next to someone, and we all have a Next-Door Neighbor story. With that in mind, editor Dean Haspiel asked some of his favorite storytellers and cartoonists to create their favorite NDN stories so we could share them with you.

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