6 Dec 2008
WHEN NEIGHBORS MOVE AND WHAT THEY LEAVE
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When we moved to Waterloo in 1975 our neighbors were a young American couple with two small children about the same age as our son. They were happy to finally have somebody in the street who spoke english. They told us that they were mormons and children sometimes had to follow some (for us) strange rules, but that was it. I had to look up what mormons were I only knew that it was a religion where men could marry several wives and most of them lived in Utah. Our neighbor only had one, apparently she was expensive enough.
After 2 years they had to go back home because he had finished his work for his company in Brussels. We all were very sad when they left and promised to stay in contact.
Now the house was empty and the next day our 4 year old son was sitting with a little friend on the terrace, looking at magazines. I found that a little strange because they giggled and laughed and apparently had a lot of fun. I had a closer look and to my big surprise they had a bunch of porn magazines laying besides them and were giggling at the pictures ! Not Playboy, no, real hard porn, I had never seen that. I gathered my spirits when they told me laughing that all people in these magazines were naked and looked funny and that they had found the pile in front of the kitchen door of our old neighbors.
I picked up the whole bunch and told them that I have much better books with cute animals and also some cookies with that. Without any protest they gave me the magazines, which I quickly put away gave them a book with pictures of monkeys, cats and dogs and a plate of cookies and fell in the next armchair !
In the evening we laughed and laughed about that and of course Mr. Gattino who loves to talk to everybody informed the whole neighborhood about what happened and they had a good laughter too. We never heard from this couple again !