As a teacher, I look forward to the long holiday break as a time to see friends and family, and even more so as a time to get loads of peace and quiet. Hubby also has off a week at Christmas, and besides organizing the garage and fixing stuff about the house, he also anticipates our quiet week with time to sleep late and and time for reading on the back patio.
Imagine our distress on our very first day of holiday break. At 6am we were awakened to the sound of a bobcat in reverse. “Beep! Beep! Beep!” We put our pillows over our ears, but this continued for hours. What kind of madman would schedule home renovations on the 23rd of December? Turns out it was our neighbors two doors to the west of us. Seriously? Whatever happened to the etiquette of not having work done on the weekends? And two days before Christmas?? The beeping and other construction noises continued until yesterday.
Christmas Day was quiet in the hood.
But the day AFTER Christmas, we were greeted by the sound of a wood chipper in front of our house. WTF??? Whose idea was it to have all the neighborhood trees trimmed while so many of us were home for the holiday break?? The sound of chainsaws, Mexican music, and wood chippers are still being heard today, two weeks post-Christmas. We have many common areas in our neighborhood with many trees. Since I am on the HOA board now, I’m definitely going to do my best to get the schedule changed for December 2018. As I often say, if I were in charge, things would be a LOT different!!!
On the bright side, I got enough peace and quiet that I was eager to get back to school Monday. I simply feel better when I’m on a schedule. I truly missed my wee preschool friends–they’re just so stinkin’ cute (three years old)! Today a boy arrived a bit late, and one girl was so happy to see him that she ran up and planted a big smooch right on his kisser! The boy’s reaction was one of being completely stunned . . . and then the girl looked right at me, knowing she’d been naughty. We talk a lot about germs, and they all know kissing is a no-no at school. I totally let it go because it was such a heartfelt greeting that warmed my heart. It was an adorable, unexpected moment . . . just one of many I see at my school each day.
The wood chippers are finally gone, and one of the sounds in my home is William playing computer upstairs on Skype with friends. He leaves for college in two days, and I will cry. We miss him so much when he is away, but are proud of the good grades he got last semester while pursuing his Chemistry degree. Another sound is my persistent hacking. It’s been two weeks now, and I’m tired of this cough! And lastly, there is the sound of our daughter’s voice. Eve decided to return to our nest for financial reasons. We are proud of her grades, too, and (crossed fingers) she will be graduating from ASU with her Bachelors of Science in Biology in December. Here’s hoping all of you found peaceful moments over the holidays. Here’s wishing you all the best in 2018!