I thought I was being soooo smart, plotting out an illustrious mommy staycation – a kid-free, hubby-free week to rest, write and re-center myself.
I picked a date when my daughter would be in camp, my son at preschool and the hubby in school and work all day. I wanted “me time” – moments of solitude to lie on the sofa, watch reality TV and snack until I am lulled into a high-caloric coma-like nap.
I was all set. But, it backfired BIG TIME.
Soooo…for weeks before the staycation, our neighbor from across the street had been parking her dusty, white car in front of our house. (My car is dusty, too, but my dustiness isn’t imposing upon anyone else.) She hadn’t moved her car for nearly six weeks and it really got on our nerves.
Several times, my husband knocked on her door in hopes of speaking with her to find out what is going on. No one parks in front of her house so why ours?
The woman never came to the door (Had she been kidnapped by the dust police?), so he sent her a letter asking her to move.
Well, early into my staycation last week, while I am lying on the couch, someone beats on my door like a SWAT team looking for Bin Laden. It was “car lady.”
When I opened the door, she stood there wearing a black shower cap, her head cocked to the side and standing with a stern-faced chick who looked like Roz from “What’s Happening!!”
Car lady told me that the cops put one of those bright orange warning stickers on her vehicle with a notice to move. I said that we hadn’t called them, but that we had been trying to reach her to get her to move it. (We live on the same street as our neighborhood association officer and she will call the police on someone for batting their eyes too quickly. I suspect she is the one who called the cops.)
Car lady said she had the right to park in front of our house — even though it would leave no room for our visitors — because it was a public street and, besides, she likes the shade underneath our tree. Never mind that when she is parked there, WE DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO THE SHADY PLACE.
I relayed the message to the hubby and he told me to tell car lady she had better move that car by Friday or it’s going down. I went to her house to give her the message and, of course, she didn’t answer. So, I wrote her a nice, passive aggressive note.
The car still sat.
Later that day, my husband called the cops to find out what we could do about the situation. They came to our home and put another orange sticker on her car.
Once the cop pulled off, I settled down and figured that between my note and the police sticker, the car would be gone by morning.
Well, the next morning it was still there. Now, I am pissed.
A few hours later, I hear a noise outside, look out the window, see her get in her car and drive off. “VICTORY,” I think to myself.
Well, about an hour later, the car is back, sans the orange sticker.
I am fuming now.
I called the police. When they arrived, I told him the story. He knocked on her door to see if she was there. I see out the window that he is talking to someone so I figure it must be her roommate or neighbor.
I walk outside to see what is going on and the closer I get to the woman, she looks a little familiar. I asked, “Are you (Car Lady)?”
“Yes,” she says.
I did not recognize her without the shower cap.
From the first moment I opened my mouth, she did not hear one word I said, she just screamed out, “YOU ARE A LIAR! YOU…ARE…A…LIAR!!!”
She is all in my face. My blood is boiling, and at that moment I was thanking God that my parents hadn’t raised me to be a knife-wielding hothead because I wanted to cut a sistah.
Anyhoo, she said that she had the right to park in my shade. The officer said that he would check the laws to see who was right.
He left to check and when I looked out the window I see that one of car lady’s guests is now parked in my husband’s usual space, leaving him no choice but to park in front of someone else’s home.
I just cried – not from sadness, but from the anger of not being able to do anything.
Turns out, car lady DOES have the law on her side. So, each day I have to see her dusty car parked in my optimal shade and PRAY TO JESUS that I don’t mistakenly sideswipe it with my Chevy Tahoe.
Is it time to go back to work, yet?