What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

Crazy Coyote Neighbor

Joan Burney was like a grandmother to me. She has been my next door neighbor for all of my life. She’s a shorter woman, with short blonde hair and a crazy flair for nature; which is different than my family who are city based. Her grandkids live far away and are much younger than me and my brother so Mrs. Burney was like our adopted Grandmother.
When I visited Mrs. Burney she took me into her backyard and we would sit on a stool and wait for the animals to appear There were raccoons, skunks, squirrels, chipmunks, and cats that all came to visit us. We would sit outside for hours with crackers and cookies feeding the animals as they ventured into her backyard. Her yard was always full of animals, it was like a zoo. At night after dinner my brother, Nick and I would go over to her house to wait for the nocturnal raccoons and skunks. Mrs. Burney even had names for each of the raccoons and skunks. Some of the more trusting animals would walk right up to her hand and eat the crackers straight from her hand.
One day, my mom would not allow us to go outside because animal control was around and restricting us from leaving. We didn’t mind the animals, but this day something was different; something was dangerous. Mrs. Burney had a coyote living under her porch. We weren’t allowed to leave our house for a certain amount of time until animal control could come and remove the coyote and return it to the area it came from. There had always been animals around our house and our next-door neighbor’s house, but this time it was different. Mrs. Burney’s actions of feeding the animals had led to a dangerous situation. She was always a very colorful person and this just added to her crazy appeal. I saw in this situation the fact that life is fun and we should enjoy all aspects of the world, but we also need to be careful because danger can always show up around the corner.


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