My next door neighbor is a married couple in their mid 50s with three children in their early-to-late 20s. Over the last year, all three children have found their way back to living in their parents home. While I pass no judgement on grown kids returning to the nest, this past year has created a slow-burning resentment inside of me for this family. I'm a super easy neighbor. I keep to myself, I'm considerate of others, and I have only one car that is parked inside the garage. This couple, before the kids moved home had three cars - a small sports car (they never use), a mid-size SUV, and a large SUV. Two in the driveway, one in the street in front of their house. When the first kid moved back home, there were 4 cars (add a mid-size SUV) - two in the driveway, one in front of their house, and one along the street in between my house and their house. Since this space in between our houses isn't all that large, none of the SUVs fit all that well there. So, their car always hangs over into my driveway. While not that big of a deal, it still irked me some. But I soon got over it when the 2nd kid moved home. This time with two additional cars - a truck and work mini van. With those two, they had two in the driveway, one in front of their house, one in between our houses and two in front of my house. That's been the case for about 6 months. That space in front of my house was mostly open (unless I or another neighbor on the street had visitors) so it wasn't that big of a deal, other than annoying to walk outside my door and see these big cars in front of my house. What was a nuisance was that there wasn't room to set out my trash cans (3 of them) on trash day because their cars blocked the space. On numerous occasions, I had to go over and ask them to move their car so I could put them out. I hated that. Confronting people you have to live next to is awkward. The sons always moved the cars with an apology, so I tried hard not to get irritated. Then one week, I noticed that a seventh car had arrived - a brand new large SUV - two in their driveway, one in front of their house, one in between our houses and THREE in front of my house. I was out walking the dog and the dad apologized for all the cars. I jokingly (sort of) said, "You keep adding more!" He said, they had bought the wife the new one and one of the sons was selling his small SUV and acquiring the mom's old large SUV. So after about a week, we were back to the previous set up for six cars. Then, last month, the 3rd kid has arrived home with a small SUV. So now we are back to seven cars in all, four of them in front of my house. They've been better about not parking there on trash days, but the fact that they have four cars in front of my house - more than are in front of theirs - is bothering me. But I just fake a smile and chuckle when they apologize about it. What else can I do?
The good news is when I pulled out of the driveway this morning, all the stuff in their garage - oh did I mention that they weren't using their garage for any of the cars because it was full of stuff - was in the driveway, and they were putting it into a moving trailer. The dad stopped me and said at least two of the cars would be gone by the end of the week. One of the sons is moving out and I think the sports car will be put back in the garage. Fingers crossed!!
#ARTifacts: September 2017
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