It's all about the sidewalk...
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Bright and early every morning, while I'm getting the kiddies ready for school, I can hear the swishing of my neighbors' brooms as they sweep their sidewalks and piece of street in front of their houses. Yes, that's what we do in Mexico. We sweep our sidewalks and street every morning. A clean sidewalk and street are signs of a clean home and proof that you're a good ama de casa (housewife).
I'm one of the few neighbors with children, so I don't get outside to sweep until after the I drop off the last kiddie at school. By then, my suegro (father-in-law) has already taken care of any leaves and debris. On the days when Hubby takes the kiddies to school, I happily grab my broom to give the sidewalk and street a good cleaning.
But this month, I've been hesitant to sweep. It's Fall. I miss seeing multi-hued leaves on the ground. So, I leave the leaves right where they are. The above picture may not look like much, but to me it almost feels like this:
My suegro isn't such a fan of leaves. Usually, he'll sweep them up if I don't. My darling Hubby has asked him to leave the leaves alone this week, so I can enjoy my imaginary Fall.
But this morning, Hubby and I heard someone sweeping outside our bedroom window. It was too early to be my suegro, so I opened the front door to find one of my neighbors sweeping my sidewalk. She greeted me with a smile, then went on to say that she thought that I was probably sick and was unable to sweep. She swept up the leaves so I didn't have to worry about them.
Who needs Fall when you have such thoughtful neighbors.