What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

Neighbor . . .Guilty as Charged!

It was one of those sweltering summer nights, windows flung open and the curtains barely touched by a breeze. The homes on the street of our little town are close so you can hardly "not know" your neighbors and sometimes you get to know them more than you would have ever imagined. Pixie, Ed and their children lived across the street from us, maybe a kid's stone throw away. There were lots of good times as our kids gathered in the different yards every summer day and played into the evening until the fire flies were all captured in jars with holes punched in the lids so none would succumb until we let them go before retiring for the night. The adults gathered, most likely, because of all the kid interaction. Kids tend to draw a crowd especially during riotous fun or a downright brawl. We gathered on the back patio or along the curbside and talked about the weather, about our jobs, about our gardens, about our parents along with all the usual town gossip. After ending the evening with the dreaded "time to come in" call, we all headed to our homes with the disgruntled children making every excuse why it was not time to come home.
As I mentioned earlier, it was one of those hot summer nights and after cooling down with baths and the ice cream routine, we put our two kids to bed. Ahhhh, time to unwind . . .sometimes the best part of the day. Needless to say, unwinding meant 15 minutes before we both fell dead asleep in our all too comfy chair and sofa. Twenty years later with the children grown and gone, the routine hasn't changed! Well, having had a decent nights sleep we greeted Pixie and Ed the next morning, Pixie having a good ole laugh as she crossed the street. Jim Cramer, she said. "I awoke last night to what I thought was the sound of an air conditioner humming away. Feeling quite annoyed, I got up out of bed and went to the window to decide which neighbor had this monstrosity keeping me awake! I listened intently as the sound echoed off the asphalt and into our window. It was you, Cramer, blissfully snoring!


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