Monday, January 19, 2009

Neighbor kids

The neighborhood kids around here are very entertaining. You just never know what you're going to get when the doorbell rings. Once, we got a turtle from a couple of little girls carrying it around in a tupperware-type container. 'Our mom said we had to get rid of him,' they said. Unfortunately, Lloyd was home at the time, and so, the turtle was invited to live with us. I reached out to take the container, and the older sister said, 'Our mom wants that container back.' Now I have a turtle AND I know what dinner invitations to decline.

Last night a charming and polite little boy I didn't recognize rang the bell, looking for Miss Julie. I told him where Miss Julie lived, and he went on his way. About ten minutes later, the bell rang again. When I opened the door he said, 'Excuse me for interrupting you again. I don't mean to make fun of you, but is this the house where the washing machine caught on fire?' We assured him that, no, that wasn't our washing machine, but the next door neighbors'. He then shared some personal information about his family and asked all of our names and how old Weston and Shane were: 'And how old is this little guy?' Then he asked if we were SURE that it wasn't our washing machine, because he had heard it was our apartment number. Lloyd helpfully pointed out the correct door and told him to go ask them about it.

Before he left, I asked him if his mom knew where he was, and the truth came out. He said, 'No, she's at the movies, but my dad knows where I am.'

5 comments:

Amanda Evans said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new photo on your blog! It is such a great fall picture of the boys!

Helen, Robert, Jack, and Emma said...

You always know how to cheer my up. I don't know which is better the story about the fire (the whole bldg knows which apt) or the "my mom, wants the container back" things. So funny.

The Martin Family said...

Oh my gosh, that is so funny. I met a kid that sounded just like that right before I left Korea. I actually think he asked the same "How old is this little guy" about Lucas. Not that you are shocked at the small world coincidences, but I still think it is funny.

Greg and Shara said...

I'm sure I know exactly which kid this was....he is wise beyond his years and will talk to adults as if he is one...by the way, I liked your kitties!!

Leah Downs said...

Anna,

I'm quite sure that one belongs to me...it was Jake. To be sure, check out downsdiary for photo evidence. I was at the movies on Sunday so this helps with the ID, but it just SOOOO sounds like mine! Hope he didn't bother you too much!
Leah Downs