Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Silliest worry of the day

I was walking home from the beach with Blue this morning when I bumped into a woman who lives on my street. She was pushing her infant daughter in the stroller and I stopped to chat and admire the adorable baby. Since this neighbour of mine had her baby we have enjoyed a lovely "meeting in the street" relationship. However, prior to the birth, my neighbour had rarely even smiled at me from a distance. Of course, this fact could have been understood in any number of different ways, but this was the reason I came up with (more than two year ago!):

This woman had an old car which she parked on the street and never used. After a few months the rego expired and someone must have reported it to the Council/police because it soon had a sticker on it asking the owner to either remove the car or have it registered. The next day, the woman put a huge handwritten note on the car saying "To the neighbour who finds my car so offensive, get stuffed" (well...that was the general idea). I had decided that she probably thought that I was that person who had alerted the authorities, and even though I wasn't, I still felt incredibly bad every time she didn't smile at me.

Back to this morning. Even though we now have a lovely neighbourly relationship, as I walked away I still worried that she still thought it had been me who had called in her car. Which is clearly INSANE. But you were all so beautifully warm and generous and understanding in your commentboxes for my last post, so I just know that you will UNDERSTAND the insanity.

That felt very cleansing I must say.

13 comments:

Mary said...

yep - that is the exactly the sort of thing that I would worry about too!

Susan L (lily40au) said...

I am not alone. I am not alone. I am not alone ... you know where I'm going. LOL

BabelBabe said...

1) Well, why didn't she sell the stupid car? I would be the neighbor who called it in. You should live near me.

2) Just say to her, with your charming smile and a duck of the head, "You know, this has been bothering me, but I was NOT the neighbor who called your car in." But then, you might be stirring up a hornet's nest...and she might think you're protesting too much....

Anonymous said...

Needless to say, I would have thought exactly what you did and felt the same way too.
Paola

eurolush said...

Eleanor--This may come as a surprise to you, especially after all this time, but I know who reported that unregistered car across the street from you.

---->I did.<----

Rules are meant to be followed.

blackbird said...

I cannot even begin to explain why the woman who lives three blocks away from me OBVIOUSLY hates me.
It's complicated.
And it goes way back.
And I think about it all the time.

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Jeanette said...

Yep, you are now right next to me in the silly worries hall of fame!

Btw, I meant to go over to Anna tonight and deliver your hug....but this morning I got a call from her saying THAT SHE HAD SPOKEN TO YOU IRL....and Anna said I was the only one she could phone and tell about it ....me being the only one that would get the magnitude of this. I went like OMG, OMG, OMG have you spoken to Eleanor? Thats the effect you have on us on the other side of the world so I am quite sure your neighbour loves you too!!!!!

Hugs
Jeanette

librarygirl said...

this sounds like an episode of seinfeld! hilarious!

alice c said...

Maybe...she had the baby JUST so that she could have an excuse to talk to you because she thought you looked so warm and friendly and she couldn't think of another way to start the conversation.

fifi said...

I knew you would "get" that comment. bless you.



DON'T MRNTION IT...she might forget...


have a nice swim :-).a.edmonds@gmail.com

fifi said...

I knew you would "get" that comment. bless you.



DON'T MRNTION IT...she might forget...


have a nice swim

MsCellania said...

Well, I have to agree with BB - I have called on lurking heaps in our neighborhood. Once it turned out it was a stolen vehicle so I felt all righteous.
Her surliness may be completely unrelated to the vehicle. She just might be a Not Friendly. And thoughtless to boot.
You are too tender hearted. I wish the world had more you's and less of her's!