But meanwhile, tell me if I'm being oversensitive.
None of my neighbors has ever spoken to me. I have met a few around campus, but they are people who live generally in the neighborhood, not people who live next door or across the street. I have yet to meet any of the people who live next door or across the street, in fact. Granted, I could have stopped by their houses when I moved in with plates of cookies, but I didn't. And neither did any of them.
Somehow, my lawn got monstrously long. Out of control. I kept not dealing with me because I believe in my soul that I should cut it myself, but hadn't gotten around to buying or borrowing a lawnmower. And I don't know any of my neighbors, so I also don't have anyone to ask, "Hey, who does your lawn?" which would be my natural inclination. It has been eating away at me, but, you know, other stuff happens and the lawn gets untidy. To be fair, very untidy.
Yesterday, a guy with a pickup truck and a lawnmower stopped by to ask if he could mow my lawn, as he's making a compost pile and needs my clippings. I was happy to have him do just that, and he did a magnificent job. And as he was doing this magnificent job, one of my neighbors thanked him.
So, unfriendly neighbors cross the line to smarmy and rude? Or neighbors who have not had time in seven months to say hello trying to be friendly?
As much as I am trying to buy in to the latter, my gut is going with the former, and that is awkward when you consider that I'm in this house, surrounded by these neighbors, potentially for decades.
Because this is my horoscope today:
It's way too easy for your ego to feel bruised by the smallest things today and you ought to take greater care to avoid situations in which others may be insensitive enough to make you feel bad.Granted, in Virginia I did not know many of my neighbors (though I did know my ex's neighbors), and people in our complex were sometimes nosy or rude.
But didn't I move to Mayberry to escape that?