When we lived in Alabama, we were not friends with any of our neighbors. There were no evening chats in the middle of the street, no neighborhood parties, no anything even remotely neighborly.
My new neighborhood here in Indiana is the POLAR opposite. Everyone talks to each other (except one family and they don’t talk to anyone), we have neighborhood parties, and we all are always just, well…NEIGHBORLY. It’s exactly what I wanted in a neighborhood, down to the ability to walk next door to grab a cup of flour or have the neighbor across the street offer to take my kids when I have to go to the doctor.
Though wonderful, it can be a little overwhelming at times, to say the least.
Partly because we live on a virtual postage stamp and partly because there are lots of kids in the neighborhood, there is NO privacy. There have been times I just want to go outside, watch the kids play, and not talk to anyone. Instead of peace and quiet, I’ve had a two hour conversation with one of the neighbors while the kids run around screaming. Other times, I’ve had to be the bad guy and carry two screaming children home from an impromptu neighborhood get-together with all the kids because it was well past dinner time. Try explaining to a two-year-old and a fifteen-month-old why everyone except them gets to stay outside and play. (Hint: It’s not fun. Lots of screaming is involved.)
I truly love the community where we live. However, it would be nice to be able to control how much community I have to ingest sometimes.
Not being one to just bitch without having a solution, I think I have found the answer. Not only will my idea bring joy and happiness to weary neighbors across the universe yearning for peace and quiet, but it will make me RICH.
It’s called the Go! Neighbor Alert/Deflection System, or GoNADS. It’s very simple, all you need is three colors of fabric, red, green, and yellow. You may recognize the red, green, and yellow colors from when you learned about traffic laws. In case you’re not familiar with this or you’re just plain dumb, let me give you a brief refresher course…
Red means “stop.”
Green means “go.”
Yellow means “be careful, slow down.”
Place your selected flag to alert neighbors of your outside plans on your mailbox or flagpole. As an added bonus, you can also use “flag holding” as a means of punishment for unruly children, making them sit in the driveway holding the flag, for all the neighbors to see.
Now your intentions will be known. When people see a red flag, they’ll know that they need to stay the hell away. A green flag tells your neighbors, “hey! We’re ready to play! Bring some beer when you come!” A yellow flag means, “be careful. I have PMS/my husband is going to be late AGAIN/I’ve been drinking. You may not want to come over right now unless you want me to talk your ear off.”
I’m going to sell these pieces of fabric in a kit, complete with rubber bands! Right now, I’m thinking that $39.99 is a good price for my GoNADS, so I’ll start taking orders now.