Pumpkins in April
As oddly placed it was, it was there. As you walked by, you where compiled to stop and stare. How absurd, one would think. But in mere moments you would be on your away, forgetting the bizarreness of the situation.
As peculiar as it would be to an occasional passer, it’s noting out of the ordinary for the neighbours. If by now you (the reader) are confused, don’t be. I was too in the beginning. You see it all started about a month ago. I was walking down my street one evening; wanting to see the setting sun (which we rarely get, the sun) I passed by it. I did a double take, like the one in the movies. There it was. A sign saying, “I don’t leave it in your yard, don’t leave it in mine.” The sign was on a post with a plastic bag wrapped around it. In that bag was dog excrement. The owner of the house was apparently fed up with people not cleaning up after their pets; which is understandable. If people own pets, they should be wiling to take the responsibly for cleaning up after them, especially, when their pets do their business on other people’s property.
Yet, even with the sign up and the contents displayed, it seemed that animal owners ignored the complaint. This was evident because now there were more than a couple bags on the post. By now, most people on the street were getting annoyed by the owners complaining, which he did door to door, and by the person who was leaving it behind. Mind you that I live three houses down and it was bothersome.
My mom, being the lovely person that she is, started spying on people, from our living room window, who walked their pets. A bit disturbed by all this, I didn’t have the nerve to tell my mom to stop because even I wanted this ordeal to stop. This in due to the threat the owner made, “If it doesn’t stop, I’ll do it on your lawns.” The creepiest part of this was that the person didn’t own any pets.
Two weeks ago, there was a silver lining. Not in a cloud mind you; but due to a birdbath. There was a birdbath on the bothersome neighbour’s roof. I suppose this was a way to solve the pet problem, but it proved that even adults act juvenile at times. Well, the birdbath belonged to someone from a block away, whose pet’s leftovers where in the person’s yard. It was their way of saying “STOP LEAVING IT BEHIND.” No one knows how the person found out whose pet was causing the disturbance but at least none of us have to be fearful of finding “fertilizer” on our lawns.
Note: The birdbath was returned in one peace as well as the pile of animal droppings.