Hollering Neighbors

My neighbors were up half the night screaming at each other on the front porch. They have two little baby girls and can’t make rent. I imagine that would make me want to scream, and I’m sure they think that moving the yelling outside will scare their kids less, but I recommend a good night’s sleep as a better form of conflict resolution.

The people on my street are super friendly and chatty and genuinely wanting to get to know people.  They have block parties on the little park where our street dead ends at the river. I have seen several out and about today, and they are all distressed by the late-night yell-a-thon.

In the past, I have had neighbors who have hollering as a hobby, and even been a person in a relationship that made me want to scream.  In my experience, yelling generally feels really good for a few minutes, but then makes everyone feel worse and horrible.  Here is my public service announcement for the day: “If you are in a situation where you want to stay up all night screaming, that is a problem.”

Aaand here is a Wendell Berry quote:

“Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.”
— Wendell Berry

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