At long last
Sunday December 05th 2021, 1:09 pm
Filed under: Friends,Life

A picture of the transom windows snapped at 5 a.m. because what else was I going to do bored and wide awake at that hour. If only the rest of the room had been as dark as that looks.

I went to get the paper this morning. Nothing in the driveway next door.

We left for church. A car!

Got home from church. Still the car.

As I’d said to one friend, I am so. tired. I’ve had this fear of calling for fear it would come out all wrong when it’s not about me, the important thing is my neighbor. I don’t want my fatigue to be the boss of me. I also don’t want my neighbor to have to try to talk loud enough for me to hear–I’m not what she should be spending her energy on.

That car was still there when we got home and there’s no telling how long it would be and if there were ever a time to deal with it, the feeling pushed at me that now’s my chance and I would so regret it if I didn’t.

I picked up that phone and dialed her number.

It was a very bad connection but it was the caregiver. Oh thank heavens. She couldn’t hear me very well, which was kind of funny, and her voice sounded enough like my neighbor’s that I wasn’t sure which one I was talking to at first.

There’s no light, she tried to tell me in confusion. What light? Where’s your house? Oh, is it over by the laundry room?

I thought as I walked over to Richard so he could help me hear, who knows? I know where the laundry room was before they remodeled, but…

She wasn’t getting it, so I talked louder and he added a bit and I explained again about the streetlight-bright spotlight on our bedroom for nine nights now–and she found it!

“It’s off now!”


She gave this delighted laugh for sheer joy that she’d been able to make such a profound difference to us so easily.

And with that our short acquaintanceship over the phone came to an end for now because she needed to attend to our mutual friend. Who I imagine was trying to ask her what all this was about.

I went outside and pulled down the ugly bird netting tents off my coffeeberries (picture taken before church.) Let the sun shine in!



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Oh, WONDERFUL! I am so happy for you. Enjoy that blissful sleep.

Comment by ccr in MA 12.05.21 @ 1:20 pm

Hurray! So very thankful she could be of assistance. May you both get that much needed sleep.

Comment by DebbieR 12.05.21 @ 7:11 pm

So glad you could reach someone at last.

One can not function well at all with poor sleep.

Comment by Lisa RR 12.06.21 @ 6:06 am

I’m glad you found courage to call. As generous as you are in not wanting to upset your neighbour, you need to take care of yourself too: you have been sleep deprieved for over a week! May your rest be plentiful.

Comment by Suzanne 12.06.21 @ 8:04 am

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