Suffice it to say that it’s very rare that anyone will ask me that question and my answer will be “yes.” I tend to be—in a word—oblivious. Oh, I notice the important stuff… usually… but, for example, the tree adventure from the previous post started with me grilling Otto as to whether or not he was CERTAIN the damage had just occurred that day.
“Of COURSE it did,” he said, looking at me like he’d just caught me sniffing glue. “It’s RIGHT HERE by my car, which I drive EVERY DAY. I would’ve noticed it if it had happened before.”
And he’s right, of course. He would’ve. Me, on the other hand…. Well, the damage is way up there, you know. I probably would’ve noticed it when the tree fell on my car (or, um, on our power lines, you understand, but before then? Not so much.
Anyway, this is all preface to telling you that I looked out the window eleventy hundred times, yesterday, peeking at the tree, to see if there was any change. I didn’t need to, of course, because the camera was snapping away. But I kept looking, anyway.
Otto came home from work and made a movie of the pictures. Because he’s just that cool.
Did you watch the movie? Wasn’t it RIVETING? Didn’t it explain EVERYTHING?
No? Oh. Yeah. Unless it was the SHADOWS that ate the tree, we’re still mystified.
But the movie is really not the point here. No. The point here is my incredible powers of observation. I mean, I decided to try to catch the tree-nibbler in action, and I keep looking outside, and I saw nothing. The camera revealed that there was… nothing. I was feeling pretty good.
And then I ran the kids around yesterday afternoon and came home and Otto said to me, “Hey, Crazy Neighbor Lady must’ve sold her house.”
“Really?” I said, unloading groceries. Otto gave me A Look. “What??”
“Um,” he began, slowly, “the sign in her yard is gone. And HER HOUSE IS EMPTY.”
I went and looked. Her garage—usually jam-packed with detritus—was still open, but empty. Her car was gone. Garbage bags were heaped up at the curb, and no lights were on inside.
That tree? The one I’d been looking at all day? Right in our sight line to her driveway and garage.
I did an awesome job of noticing that nothing happened to the tree. I apparently just completely missed the moving truck that must’ve been parked right behind it for the better part of the day.