Earlier this summer, I wrote about the daycare facility that shares a fence with my apartment building. With only about a hundred and fifty feet spanning the distance between the backyard of the daycare and the window of my apartment, I had no choice but to put up with the noise of the children playing and yelling next door. I suppose I got used to the noise, just like someone living near the interstate inevitably gets used to the sound of passing traffic. When I was forced to be away from my apartment during my allergy fiasco, it'd be safe to say I didn't miss it one bit.
When I returned to my apartment about a month later, nothing had changed. The sounds from the daycare drifted in through my office window just like it always had. I got accustomed to it again, but then one day, all was quiet. It was quiet the next day, too. By the third day of peace and quiet, I realized that the daycare had closed.
From open for business to closed and boarded up, all in a couple days. No lights on inside or outside, a constantly vacant parking lot, and a For Sale sign in the front yard. Closed.
Being of a curious mind, I began to think of reasons why it had closed so suddenly. It wasn't like they gradually went out of business, as parents (for whatever reason) pulled their children from the facility and moved to a different one. One day they were open, and the next day they were closed. What had happened?
Did the state's Health Department shut them down? Had the property been foreclosed? Did the people who ran the place get fed up with taking care of screaming kids all day and opt for a sudden career change? Were they running a covert sweatshop in the basement, making those cheap party favor toys you see for sale in grocery stores?
So many questions, so little answers.
As for me, I'm enjoying the quiet. There is a downside to it, though. Without the noise from the daycare to drown them out, the grunts and screams from my amorous neighbors now waft through the walls.
Can't win 'em all, I guess.
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