I have been a little sleep deprived recently, with our little old lady, Penny, being unable to sleep. Last night was a very restful night for a change. I woke early with energy. There was no early “good morning” slur, but instead a person eager for the day. A person eager to set about those things that I have been neglecting. I picked up the household clutter while I listened to the news.
The news has been a source of consternation. I spend hours better devoted to blogging about The Daily Prompt just trying to understand what is going on and what can be done about it. I am eternally perplexed at how my friends and I can hear the exact same news so differently. There just are not enough puppies, kittens, and babies to ease the unrest.
I did however have the best dreams recently. I dreamt I had a baby, who was just so sweet and content. Dream analysis says dreaming about a happy baby means I am happy. The dream certainly made me happy.
The news today has me thinking about how passionately people feel about their lawns. Lawns are a lot of work, as we tend them with weed killer, bug killer, feed with fertilizer, and spend hours mowing and trimming. I get it. After all of that effort, we want our lawns to look nice.
I have neighbors who get really nasty when dogs stop at their house, even though owners dutifully pick up after the dog. I just feel sorry that they can’t appreciate the love a dog can give in a way a lawn can’t. I have neighbors that fuss when kindergarteners step on the curb edge of their lawn to avoid a hazard, such as a car or freshly poured tar on the roadway where they normally walked to the bus. Their lack of concern for the children in their neighborhood confounds me.
I have also been the neighbor with a corner lot that the kids, postal carrier, and others would cut across. Did I scream and curse? Did I lay hands on them? Did I pull and fire a gun? No.
The fact that an off duty police officer could behave in this way, and justify it by saying he was threatened is shocking. I can see his confusion. “I’ll sue you,” does sound a little like “I’ll shoot you.” Yet there was no gun threatening the officer. Just a boy, defending a girl in his class from a man cursing at her about stepping on his lawn. I’d say he needs a puppy, but I’m sure a puppy would not relieve his stress over his lawn.
I would recommend anyone who finds themselves in a dangerous confrontation with anybody should not threaten to sue. Just go ahead and file suit after you are away from danger.
So how did I handle people cutting the corner of my lawn? I put in a pathway so the postal carrier could short-cut without causing damage. I told children cutting across that I had no problem with friends crossing my lawn, but friends always smile and wave when they see me. I had lots of friends smiling and waving at me.