"Mama, what do oak trees do?"
"They grow tall and wide and produce acorns."
"No, but what do they REALLY do?"
"Ask one and see what it says."
She did. It didn't answer. I told her to listen differently. She did. Now she won't tell me what it said.
Code enforcement came by the house yesterday. Some kind anonymous soul called them to complain about trash and debris in our yard. They knocked on the door, told me who they were and why they were there, and let me know that my yard is fine. Nothing wrong. They didn't understand why they were called.
There is no trash or debris in our yard. There has not been. There will not be. Since Someone got out of prison he has been coming over in his spare time and cleaning up the yard, in fact.
I explained that I knew who called, even though they can't tell me...same person who has done all of the calling since she moved in next door, and it was likely because they don't like us and are trying to harass us into moving. The officers were not happy. They know they've been out here before for nothing and don't like that kind of BS. Code enforcement and law enforcement are not meant to be used to bother neighbors or try to make their lives hell.
I was polite, friendly, and helpful. I listened and answered with a light tone of voice and with respect. They apologized profusely for bothering me, and I answered that they have a job to do and I don't grudge them doing it one little bit. They appreciated that.
Every time they are called out here by Anonymous for nothing, they become a little less inclined to think kindly of her. They will always respond and come to the house, but they will also likely keep note of how often they are sent on a wild goose chase.
I suspect Anonymous will be finding herself on the receiving end of a nuisance citation from local law enforcement if she keeps this up. I suspect I may feel the need to stop making nice if she keeps this up. I suspect I may look into whether I can bring a suit against her for harassment if she doesn't cut it out. I suspect she will learn the hard way that I will not be budged once I dig in my heels, and that kindness and compassion will move mountains but pissy assholery will garner less than nothing from me.
Some folks just have to learn the hard way.
"Mama, where should I plant my oak tree?"
She found some acorns and wants to grow trees. She has an idea that it will be instant...but trees are not like microwave popcorn. Trees take time and patience and there is no guarantee. I suggested planting them in the woods. If they don't turn into trees, then perhaps they can at least turn into a squirrel's breakfast.
Someone has been working in the yard and garden. 11 days back out in the world and he's already cleaned up 2 years of neglect in about 1/3 of the space I've ignored. I'm so NOT a yard work kind of person!
I believe in second chances.
"I want to be a veterinarian."
"When can I be one?"
"Well, you'll need some specialized schooling and whatnot, so maybe when you're a grown-up, but we can find ways to help animals long before that."
"I'm going to feed the kitties!"
It's a start.
I'm in love with the way the sunlight slips gently into Casa de Crazy through the windows and gives a pale golden glow to everything it touches. I am not often a person of favorites, but I do hold Autumn highest in my seasonal esteem.
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Quote of the day...er...week...umm...hey, look, a quote!!
"...besides love, independence of thought is the greatest gift an adult can give a child." - Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One
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