Our neighborhood is usually quiet. A few cars. The neighbors coming and going. Someone walking. Yardwork being done. Maybe a delivery truck That’s about it. But today, the first Saturday of September, nothing. No one. No cars. No people. No lawn care. Didn’t even hear the mail carrier come by but when I went out to the box, there was the mail. The heat was nearly suffocating at that point. Close to 3 in the afternoon and 100 degrees. Where had everyone gone? Maybe somewhere cool?
I worked in the yards this morning but heard and saw no one. Usually someone is pruning a tree on the next street, or charging by on their motorcycle. The neighbors clean their pool on Saturday mornings. But not today. The lady behind us usually does laundry and I can hear the dryer turning. Maybe she decided to hang the clothes today, it’s so hot, they would quickly dry. Children’s voices often float through the neighborhood but I heard nothing but silence this morning.
A car was abandoned on our street this past week. It appears to have been in some sort of accident. Rear tire bent, driver’s side scraped. I called the city police and they checked the license plate number. Not stolen. Then I called the parking patrol. They came and checked it, ticketed it, left it sitting there. It’s a fairly new Nissan Altima. Doesn’t make much sense why someone would just walk away from it.
A city vehicle was out earlier in the week for the neighbor at the corner. It appeared that the driver was turning the water off at the curb to the house. They didn’t pay their water bill? The house has been neglected since it was purchased from the original owners about four years ago.
All of these events make me wonder. What’s going on? Has the world disappeared and I’m left here in my very quiet house in a very silent neighborhood? Oh, wait, Terry is still here.