From my driveway, I can see 12 houses (including mine). I was just outside to warm up a bit (Mikey's home, the thermostat is set to his comfort level!), and I realized that of the 12 houses, 10 of them are completely dark....no lights at all. "There's a Kind of a Hush" around the neighborhood that you get after everyone has settled in for the night. It is quiet, peaceful, yet just a little bit spooky!
Why spooky, you might ask. Well, it's Saturday, in the middle of August, just shy of 10:00 p.m. and everybody has gone to bed, including the Big Guy! 10:00 p.m., folks, on a Saturday and nobody is up except me and one other night owl! I'm pretty sure he'll (the guy on the far corner) pack it in soon too.
That's ridiculous! I may not have much of a social life, but gee whiz! I haven't gone to bed by 10:00 since I was 11 years old!! Mikey's had a hard week and he was worn out, but this is fairly unusual for him.
All this quiet makes me want to run up and down the street ringing a bell telling these folks that life's too short to spend so much time sleeping. There are places to go, things to do, people to see, why aren't they out there doing it??
Actually, I do know the answer to that question. In a word....children! There are an enormous number of families with small children in this area. Little children that go to bed early and then get up at the crack of dawn, necessitating that mom and dad follow suit in order to survive. So here I am on Saturday night with no one to play with and nothing to do, except blog, all by myself.
I guess for most of those families, that "kind of hush" is nirvana, of sorts. But it's kind of creepy for someone who hasn't had a small child living at home for 30+ years....maybe this isn't the neighborhood for me!!