You talkin’ to me?

The other day, I was walking this beast around the neighborhood.  A daily 30-minute walk is pretty much a necessity since Lola the Dog is at that naughty adolescent stage of life.

They say a tired puppy is a good puppy and that about sums it up.

I have a regular route around the neighborhood.  It’s about a mile and a half, I think.

Our neighborhood is rather quiet.  Sometimes, it feels like I’m walking on a movie set or in a ghost town.  All I hear is barking dogs from inside houses or behind wooden fences.  I occasionally see another live human being but not frequently.

So, this particular afternoon, we’re about halfway through our route.  Lola is sniffing someone’s lawn and I hear a woman’s voice floating out a window.

“Get out of my  yard!” she says.

I think to myself that she must be talking to neighborhood kids in the back, but wait.  The yards in our neighborhood are all fenced in.  Maybe she’s yelling at a rabbit or  . . . wait.  Wait.

“Stupid _______!” she mutters. (Censored for the delicate eyes that read this blog.)

Well.  How odd, I thought.

We resume our walk.  Two houses down, it dawns on me (I’m slow to catch on, sometimes).

Was she talking to ME?  To Lola the Dog?

She was talking to ME!

The awkward, yet amusing thing is that I can’t quite remember from which house the disembodied voice came, so now I hurry past a string of three or four houses, wondering if someone who hates me and Lola for . . . sniffing her front lawn is watching, waiting, ready to throw raw eggs or call us even worse names.  Unseen eyes may be watching and hating me.

Hey, lady!  We’re nice people!  Lola the Dog wasn’t even stepping on your grass.  She didn’t pee (0r worse!) on your lawn.  We weren’t even IN YOUR YARD.  And did you know that your window was open and I could HEAR YOU?

I just wish I could remember which house you live in so I don’t have to walk so fast up that hill, fearing that you will yell at us again or send your mean evil eye glare our way.

Who needs a personal trainer to hurry you along when you can be prodded along by fear of a name-calling voice?

4 thoughts on “You talkin’ to me?

  1. I heard a voice say “hello”, out of the dark like that, once, years ago, when I was jogging. It was almost dark, along a country road. I couldn’t figure out where the person was. It was very startling, and I have never forgotten it.

    Yours is probably an older person with nothing to do but look out the window. Maybe they’re on too many drugs, some mind-altering. So many people are on drugs, any more.


  2. If only you could remember which house it was – next time, you could walk up her walk, ring her door-bell, and hand her a plate of your delicious fresh home-made chocolate chip cookies.

    Love conquers fear. And old, crabby, lonely ladies need love.


  3. Wow, I’m often so amazed at grouchy people and wonder what kind of road they’re walking to get in such a way . . .being the slightly rebellious girl that I am I think I might just take my time along that section and see if it happens again.

    We used to have next door neighbors like that, well Mrs Nextdoor was nice enough but Mr was such a grump. I often wondered what she saw in him. . .thankfully he retired and they moved to Florida where hopefully he’s happier or at the very least someone else’s problem.


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