Very early this morning I was finally dropping off to sleep, after several hours of attending to very sick children, as they coughed and vomited and cried and choked. Suddenly I became aware of a new sound, a sort of strangled, panicked, urgent scream. In an instant I was bursting through the door to their bed room, terrified at what I might find.
Only they were sound asleep in their beds. Peaceful for the first time in hours.
But the sound went on. My sleep befuddled brain thought maybe there was a child outside in pain and went to the window.
That's not distress I am hearing.
Those aren't panicked sounds.
We have new upstairs neighbors, two women, two children.
I got back into my bed and covered my ears with my pillow, trying desperately to pretend I wasn't hearing anything at all and go back to sleep. Which I did. Until the second woman started to make similar sounds. Then I woke up again, and covered my ears again, and tried to go back to sleep, again.
Oh well. What can you do? It's summer, everyone sleeps with their window open.
I took them cookies today and welcomed them to the neighborhood.