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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Okay I am not a Peeping Tom

But as we were driving home tonight from eating Mexican food - YUMMO - I was telling Tom I had nothing to blog about. But as we drove past all the houses in downtown Webster (all 15 of them) I realized I did have something to talk about.

I love driving or walking past houses at night and looking into people's windows. Okay, I don't go up to the house and look in the window. I am not some creepy perv but sometimes when you drive or walk by you catch this nano-second glimpses into someone else's live. It' harder when you are in a car but when we lived in Coral Gables, we used to take walks at night because it was so safe and we Coral Gables is the most charming place. And we would walk and talk and every so often someone had the drapes open and you caught them eating dinner, or watching the evening news or talking. Sometimes no one was there but the TV was on. Or maybe the dog or cat was in the window. Sometimes it was a little child looking out and every so often our eyes would meet and they would wave. Sometimes I saw some gorgeous art work on the wall. Sometimes I saw some tacky furniture. Sometimes you would see an empty room. So today as we were driving, I was looking out the window and was looking. I didn't see much in my nan-second. But it made me wonder how insulated we really are.

There are so many people out there and we never will get to meet them. We never know what goes on in the houses of our neighbors (and that might be a good thing sometimes). People live and die everyday and we cross them for a second and then they are gone. I see their painting but will never know their name. And then I wondered what do people see when they pass our house. Luckily the only exposed window or door is in our dining room and we never eat there. But if the light is one, what do they see or think when they pass my house. They might see lights but nothing else and I think that's good.

But honestly, I am not peeping just observing, just glimpsing into someone else's lives.

7 comments:

  1. Oh, that's something that me and my husband love is being able to see in someone's house a night when we walk, or drive by. Our neighborhood is great because you can see in the back and the front windows our houses back up to a park with walkways. I sometimes leave our window's open in case there are people like me, that like to see what other people do, I don't mind so much. I sometimes like to be able to see the kids running around too. You're not a perv.

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  2. I do that too!!
    Tonight I went for a long walk and I was looking into some windows, thinking, 'nice paint colour!'

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  3. :) i used to like to look at the lights, because they were all warm and yellow. and i'd imagine how their family was different from mine :)

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  4. Here in Spain, when the weather is warmer, people in villages live with their doors and windows wide open...Walking through the little lanes is so surreal. You can hear televisions blaring and almost identify everyone's lunch menu from the smells in the street.. To me this is like inviting people to look into your house! I have, on occasion had to be physically hauled away from doors and windows if something particularly fascinating, like an argument or a grandchild's visit, is going on inside. Great post!

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  5. i love looking into houses!!!! i get decorating ideas too!!!! i think its kinda sweet to see how people are so much the same ... and so different, too.

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  6. Oh, I have to admit I do this too!You always wonder how others live. That's why house hunters on hgtv is sooo fasinating!

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  7. lol.I'm like that too sometimes..but I mostly walk in the mornings. I'm with Annie on the decorating ideas.

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