23 Nov 2011

Flash Mob Jr.

Today I was in the backyard when I noticed a kid - maybe six-years old (or maybe 15, I have no frickin' idea) watching me from the side walk out front. What do you do in those instance? Smile? Wave? Offer them ribbon candy?


I chose to not be creepy and just ignore.

Eventually, the kid pulls out an iPhone (seriously?) and is typing away on it, but still standing there. And then, suddenly, there are TWO kids standing at the side walk peering in. And then THREE. Three kids perched at the end of my property, staring in like vultures. Is it pathetic that I felt scared? By kids wearing Cars backpacks?

Based on their gestures to each other, I figured out what had caught their interest. It wasn't me so much (er, rather, at all), but what I was making in the backyard:

With three trees and no raking until this point in the season, I had just created the motherload of leaf piles. 

And those little shits wanted to jump in it.

So, naturally, even though I wasn't done raking, I started stuffing the leaves into craft bags and then locked them in my shed like some kind of miser.

That makes me the weird old lady on the street, doesn't it? Do I get an award or something? Can it be pepper spray?

8 comments:

Anonymous,  6:37 pm, November 23, 2011  

Heee, I'd be scared of the little technologically advanced children too! That's an impressive pile you have.

MMM,  11:11 pm, November 23, 2011  

I wish you took pictures of the kids. Thats probably not legal but it would have been funny.

Marsha,  2:09 am, November 24, 2011  

If you rake it, they will come...

Seriously, you weren't tempted to jump into that leaf pile yourself?

Anonymous,  5:31 am, November 24, 2011  

I did the exact same as you! The kids in my neighbourhood run past my gate now - totally worth it!

Aunt Janice,  8:15 am, November 24, 2011  

I am crushingly disappointed! So sad to hear of a missed opportunity for you to be the coolest 'old lady' in the neighbourhood. sigh. AND leaves gone to waste. Had you invited the little buggers to leap in, the leaves would have been crushed up into small bits - making excellent mulch for future use, or at least making fewer bags. And so much fun to be had! Maybe not by you, but it isn't that hard to rerake leaves that have been gathered up. Ah well.

The Gentle Mom 8:44 pm, November 28, 2011  
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The Gentle Mom 9:07 pm, November 28, 2011  

I kept waiting for the happy ending where you let the kids jump in the leaves, and they made a complete mess of your yard, but it was totally worth it because you all had so much fun, and now you're the coolest lady in the neighborhood.

I think I've been reading too many mom blogs. :)

Jen 11:30 pm, December 08, 2011  

Haha. Nope, no happy fun ending to this story! Curmudgeon Central, here. Hee. :)

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