By Shanna, age 18, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer
Have you ever had a nosy neighbor who knew everything you did? I think nobody could beat out my neighbor Ms. Juanita. This woman could be described as a cousin of the crypt keeper, only slightly darker, with a scowl on her face that only rolls into a smile when she's talking about someone or smoking a cigarette and going into a hacking fit afterward.
It seems as if everything she does bugs me and everything she is annoys me. There is no way to even describe to you how obsessive this woman is with the details of everyone else's life. She sits at her table, which is placed right at her window which stares out into the public, so she can view and hear everything. I can assure you this woman has no life. Her life is knowing everyone else's business.
She's so obsessed with knowing everything about everyone else you would think she would pay attention to her own husband. Normally, when you see an old couple together who have shared everything from tears to children, it's one of the most beautiful sights which screams at you, for better or for worse. But when this couple is together, all you sense is unhappiness and misery, which is rare amongst old couples. This woman is so nosy that, if we have any guests at our house, she will repeat back to you everything from her hair follicles to the nail polish on her toes. Yes, people, it's that bad.
If I have a conversation on my cell phone or I'm standing in my doorway, I can assure you within the next hour everyone within a five mile radius will know my conversation, not to mention her children (a small handful of the seven that choose to deal with her) and couple of friends also. When I go outside to our laundry room to do the wash or something, she will make her way outside just to watch whatever I am doing or wearing, then report back to anyone who will listen. Terrible, right?!
As ridiculous as this woman is, I can't but help myself to a heartfelt laugh whenever I see her. It's crazy how boredom will drive you to do the craziest things. As you age, beware of idleness - it will make you see and hear things, whether or not they are actually there.