hide your kids, hide your wife

It was Wednesday night and we were snuggled on the couch watching a movie and eating cheese toast. It’s cold, so I pull the blanket close to my chin as Lynden gets up to get something to drink. I feel like I can hear some sounds coming from outside, but I just assume someone is walking their dog and having a lively conversation. As we continue to watch the movie, we suddenly hear a huge thump. Did you hear that? I ask Lynden. He’s heard it too and goes to the study to check whether anything’s fallen over. Everything appears to be fine so we continue to watch the movie. That’s when I notice our lounge room flashing red and blue. I look out the window, and there is an ambulance and police car parked in front of our next-door-neighbours house. All sorts of horrible scenarios go through my head and I start feeling a huge wave of guilt. What if someone was attacking our neighbours and we did nothing!

Strangely, the police start taking pictures of a bush on the lawn, a prickly pear bush. Lynden and I decide to stop being nosy and go back to watching our movie with some hesitation. What on earth is going on!?

The next morning we’re heading into uni together and as we drive past our neighbours’ house, Lynden finally realises what has happened. Scattered around the bottom of the prickly pear, four or five bottles lie empty. It seems that there were a couple of people who thought it was a good idea to have a few too many drinks out in our neighbours front garden, and due to their intoxication, somehow managed to fall into the bush. If you haven’t seen a prickly pear up close, here is a look at the prickles that have given this bush its name. That would be a very painful fall and it explains the presence of the ambulance the night before.

Lynden’s theory is that they were drinking tequila and the prickly pear bush made the whole experience feel a lot more authentic…being all cactus-like and all. I’m just thrilled that our neighbours are safe, in particular the lady next door. She is a lovely little italian lady who grabs Lynden’s cheeks when she sees him at the shops. It’s good to know everyone’s ok.

I hope you’ve had a great week, and that you have an even better weekend. Happy Friday.

Stay safe ;)



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