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Update on the neighbor / trash issue

Well, I could see that the neighbor was making an effort to get the trash out over the past couple months, but was still missing the mark on occasion. So this past weekend, I was out in the yard, and the 5 kids came out to play, and I talked with them over the fence for a while. (They are very friendly and seem to like me). I told them to come and get their mom cause I had to get permission from her to give them some sidewalk chalk.

They all ran inside and then came back out and said "she said it's ok". And I said No way Jose, I gotta talk to your mom direct. So they ran back in and got her to come out, and She said that was fine. I told her I had gotten the sidewalk chalk a while back, but the weather had been so bad that I had not seen them out when I was out. So I got the chalk and had them get started. Then I told her about the recycling program that the city has and it might be a good way for her to be able to not have to have her regular garbage overflowing.

I asked her if she was interested in having me remind her to put out her trash, because it looked like she forgot sometimes. She said she usually works late and sometimes forgets, and I told her I'd be glad to help her get it out to the road the night before if that was ok, and she said yet.

So tonight I went over and knocked on her door after I got back from the grocery store, and asked if she wanted to bring her son out to help me move the trash out and she said she would come out and she went to put on her shoes. We gabbed while we were wheeling it out and she thanked me for reminding her.

She just had her sixth child and it looks like that was why she was not up to getting it out as often. I'm glad I offered to help instead of just fuming about it. She has always been very nice in person. If I were honest with myself, I don't think I'd be any more organized than her if I had 6 kids.

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restoman
Apr. 5th, 2013 03:49 am (UTC)
That is a good example of the lesson of walking a mile in someone's shoes before you judge them.

Kudos to you for being a good neighbor!
my_lady_f
Apr. 5th, 2013 03:59 am (UTC)
Thank you!I'm so used to being on facebook now I was looking for the "like" button.
my_lady_f
Apr. 5th, 2013 04:10 am (UTC)
I really want to get to know them a little better. Her kids are naturally curious and I was showing them the fallen pecans from the massive tree in their yard near our common fence, and that got them to finding pecan shells in their yard for a good half hour. When they were out front with the sidewalk chalk, I found a walnut from the big tree across the street and pointed both out to them. One of the little girls asked me "How do you know so much?" And I told them that I read a lot of books, and I read books about plants and trees.

I brought out my grabbers and 5-gallon bucket and showed them how I picked up litter with it, and they thought it was the greatest toy ever, and picked up several pieces of litter in their yard.

I actually want to find out how to spell their names, the kids do not articulate very well, and it would help if I could actually call them by name.
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