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Running outside barefoot in the snow, or how to be known as a crazy neighbor

Running barefoot in the ice

Did you just see a woman running out of her front door in a pair of grey sweatpants and a sweatshirt this morning at 7:08 a.m.? Did you notice she was barefoot?

She ran outside and down her driveway and waved her arms in the air over her head at her neighbors car across from her house that was backing out of the driveway.

There was ice and snow on the road.

The car stopped and the passenger rolled down his window.

“Would you please stop honking your horn in the morning. You are waking me up. Please, get out of your car and knock on the door.”


“Yes, really. Please stop honking your horn.”


Then she drove away. I could hear her laughing as her son closed his window.

How could I hear what was said?

Did you guess who the woman was who ran outside barefoot in the snow?

Yes. You guessed it. It was me.

No man should live where he can hear his neighbor’s dog bark.
― Nathaniel Macon

Nathaniel Macon died on June 29, 1837, years before the first automobile drove down a suburban street honking its horn. Nathaniel I agree with you. I would add to Mr. Macon’s quote. 

No man or woman should live where they can hear their neighbor’s horn honking. Or, no man or woman should honk their horn. They should open their car door, walk to the front of the house and knock on the door.

Or maybe, the quote should be,

A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
Proverbs 12:16

Maybe I was a fool, or maybe I was just being polite and letting a neighbor know I didn’t like the horn honking.

I will let you know what happens tomorrow morning.

Have you ever had a neighbor honk early in the morning? What did you do? Please tell me in the comments. I would love to chat. I would also love to put on a pair of warm wool socks.

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • kathunsworth

    Hope she got the message, you are very brave for asking her and I hope you get some peace.

  • Stacey Shubitz

    The elementary school bus honks it horn nearly every day during Isabelle’s nap, which drives me crazy. Sometimes it wakes her up, which is beyond unfortunate. (The junior high bus wakes her up every morning. We can’t win!)

  • I once talked to a neighbor who would let their dog bark for hours. I’m not kidding. And it was a young girl who was unaware it bothered anyone. The neighbor next door left her dog and it howled for hours. I’m telling you it was difficult for me. I am with Nathaniel. And the thing is I don’t dislike dogs. I just think sometimes owners can block out noises others are unable to block out. The neighbor next door thought the dog would like it upstairs in the room she left him in. That got worked out.

    I’ll stay tune to see if your honkers still honk. I hope not.

  • Berdeane Bodley

    I certainly hope you didn’t catch a cold, maybe a better plan would have been to dress warmly, walk over to your neighbors house & tell them in person your concerns over the car honking…….I totally understand your frustration though & I hope it did the trick……somehow I doubt it. 🙁

    • Hi Mom,
      I didn’t catch a cold, just my feet were cold. And that was only for a few minutes. She didn’t honk the horn this morning. So all is well.
      Love your daughter.

  • Julieanne Harmatz

    Hee, hee. As kathleen said, they may not have known they were invading your space. They were laughing. I’d take that as a good sign.

    • Hello Julieanne,
      Yes the laughter was a good sign. She is a kind neighbor, she probably just didn’t know. And she didn’t honk this morning.

  • Bonnie Kaplan

    Ha. Now don’t get sick Pam.

    • Thank you Bonnie,
      I don’t want to get sick either.

  • Dogs and horns are very quiet in this ‘new’ neighborhood. Can’t figure it out. I see lots of people walking their dogs, but no barking! Hm-m. In my old neighborhood the neighbor across the street honked so her kids would come out so she could drive them to school. Is that what’s happening? If so, no knocking is even required. I used to wonder why she didn’t just drive off without them & make them walk to school, or pay for a cab. They wouldn’t make her wait so long after that. But-I never heard the honking unless I was out front anyway. Fortunately our bedroom was at the back of the house. Pamela, you write so well, always make me interested, adding in the fun, like bare feet!

  • Nancy Hatcher

    totally knew it was you, you are a very honest person, Pamela….I’m anxious about tomorrow…I feel the tension o

    • Hello Nancy,
      She didn’t honk the horn this morning. Yeah! Nothing like asking please.

  • Isai Bedolla

    I live in an apartment. My roommate is loud. I don’t mind it too much but it is just these apartments have very hollow walls. You can hear everything.

    • Hello Isai,
      Yes, apartment walls can be so thin. I use to go the the bathroom in the lobby of my apartment building when I had company. There are some noises best kept private.

  • Tara

    I wish you were my neighbor, Pamela.

    • And I wish you were mine Tara. I would bring you home-made muffins.

  • Dalton Sheets

    I could see how this would be annoying! I currently live in an apartment and experience some of the same noise difficulties. I appreciate your slice and hope the honking doesn’t continue.

    • Hello Dalton,
      She didn’t honk her horn this morning. Yeah! Noises in the middle of the day are not as annoying as the ones that disturb my sleep.
      Thank you for stopping by.

  • Jaana

    I am lucky as I don’t have car honking neighbor! I do, however, have a few barking neighbor dogs. What can I do? Just wait until they stop. I could go out in the snow without my socks and shoes, but only if I was running from sauna and going right back there to warm up!

  • djts

    Okay…heh, heh, heh! So here you go!

    Romans 12
    20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
    21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
    So TOMORROW … be ready with a cup of coffee and a doughnut – whether they honk or not, come tearing out of the house again with your offering of food and drink. Then wait for the coals of fire!

    • Oh I love this,
      I have a brand new CD is Spanish that I can’t understand. I will give it to her tomorrow morning, even if she honks. The coffee and doughnut sound good too. I will wait behind the front door, (with my boots on) and run out of the house as she backs out with her car.

      • djts

        Ha! I’d love to see the look on her face if you came running out with gifts and treats! I can just picture you hiding behind the door. Good idea to put on the boots this time!

  • renee

    no but I often see a lady outside in the morning in her robe . . . getting the paper, taking out the garbage, picking flowers in spring . . . oh wait–that would be me!

    • Ha Renee,
      You must be the friendly neighbor who always is smiling and sharing her tomatoes from her garden.
      At least you had on a robe. Were you barefoot?

      • renee

        I try to only wear shoes when absolutely necessary! and I put clothes on before I start giving away vegetables 🙂

  • Kay McGriff

    Fortunately, we don’t have neighbors honking their horn in the morning. I can just see you running out barefoot in the snow to tell them. I hope they listen.

    • Good Morning Kay,
      She did smile when I asked her. I hope she listens and doesn’t honk tomorrow morning. I will let you know what happens.

  • My husband used to let Maggie out every morning at 5AM to do her toilette and she would bark. An anonymous neighbor called the cops on us, and they came to the door with an order to do something about the dog or we would be publicly executed or something. It didn’t do anything for our relationship with our neighbors, especially since all they had to do was talk to us. I’m glad you talked to your neighbor, they probably didn’t realize they were doing something annoying.

    • A visit from the police? How sad. Yes, if they had just talked to you, or they could have talked to Tink. She is a kind dog and would have listened.
      You are right, my neighbor probably just didn’t know.

  • This is excellent, well written, tone absolutely perfect for the story. Love it.