OK, not the Walden pond, but my own little woods behind my house is gone. The green belt. The crick. The swamp. Probably the quiet little turtles and the nosy Flickers and the mouthy crows, too. And yes, probably those poor rats just trying to live out their scratchy lives and bothering all the humans, too.
"They" came and swept all the blackberry bushes and the brush and even the small trees away with one of those green-thing eaters. It made an awful noise. Like everything was crying out. "Don't!"
Whoever "they" are. I guess I know who "they" are.....The evil homeowners association biddies (who hate the rats) and their paid lackeys!
I met the new neighbor from two doors down today. She seems so nice and told me her saga about just trying to find out which trash hauler serves our area (the one with the logo on all our trash cans swears they don't serve this neighborhood) and when she asked me if I like living here, today I wanted to spit my sawdust choked spit on the well groomed sidewalk and say "HELL NO!"
I said, "I love the house." Maybe I'll see if she wants to come over with her nice sniffy dog named Lucky and split a bottle of wine, then I'll tell her the whole truth.
"Yes I love the house but the biddies took my woods!"
At least here in the Pacific Northwest, we all know....give it a few weeks.....it'll grow BACK! Hey, I think I'll go sprinkle some daisy seeds while the ground is fresh......