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Neighbours’ leaving-the-house ritual
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warmeduppizza · 24/02/2022 17:46

Next door neighbours have got primary age kids. Every time any family member leaves the house for school, work, activities or whatnot, the remaining members of the household enthusiastically gather in the doorway and perform this lengthy and noisy ritual as if they’re never going to see each other again. They jump up and down and shout BYE!! at the top of their voice, alternating with the person who is leaving, at increasing pitch and volume, for the entire time it takes the person to walk down the street and round the corner (about 30 houses).
The first few times I found it quite endearing, but after two years of being subjected to this several times a day, it’s beginning to really grate. It’s loud, frequent and in your face (long narrow echoey street of tall town houses).
AIB a grumpy old fart or do they sound a bit unhinged?

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OhJesusEffingChrist · 24/02/2022 18:18

I'd have to get some cheerleading pom poms and start 'GIVE ME A B!' GIVE ME A Y! GIVE ME AN E!
*Lots of waving of arms and a few rolls of the wrists.....
WHAT DO WE HAVE!

BYEEEEEEEEE!!!

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LyndaSnellsSniff · 24/02/2022 18:19

That would drive me crazy.

My own neighbours are a little like this . They cannot leave the house without performance patenting, "oh WOW boys! Look at daddy! What's he doing! The silly billy! Oh WOW boys!"

Confused

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ChimChimeny · 24/02/2022 18:20

@OnceuponaRainbow18

Oh god my boys do this to each other… every time

I really hope you don't have neighbours Shock

It is really annoying and unnecessary!!
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lifeuphigh · 24/02/2022 18:20

Oh I think this sounds lovely!

I thought this was going to be about my family and the fact that DD is almost always shouting "hurry up everyone, we're late!" when we leave the house.

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BadgerStripes · 24/02/2022 18:21

@TheMissingMango

Get a small bell and every time they do it, sit in the window and ring it until they're finished. Never discuss the bell with them.

Genius 😂
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balalake · 24/02/2022 18:22

Join in on a few occasions, perhaps with party poppers, or some embarrassing loud music. Get some other neighbours to join in as well, make them look the idiots they are.

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Pluvia · 24/02/2022 18:22

Air horn. Every time they do it give open your door and give them a blast.

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givethatbabyaname · 24/02/2022 18:22

Get out there on your own doorstep each time they do it, preferably wearing curlers and a housecoat. Hoik your bosom, snarl under your breath, sniff disdainfully and look back and forth between them until they've gone.

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TellySavalashairbrush · 24/02/2022 18:22

A tad annoying but definitely preferable to one of the families who live on my street and rung along the road to school most days - always late, with the mother shouting obscenities and the poor kids looking frazzled before they have even got through the school gate.

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nancybotwinbloom · 24/02/2022 18:24

My mum still waves us off when my Dd and I drive home from hers. She's only out about a minute though and she doesn't shout just waves. I have to flash her my hazards when I go round the corner out of sight.

It makes her happy Grin

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Pr1mr0se · 24/02/2022 18:25

I have neighbours like this - they're a bit genetically challenged anyway though so I always thought it was done to that but maybe it's normal after all. I also wave to visitors but it's not for a full 30 houses worth that would be bonkers.

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nancybotwinbloom · 24/02/2022 18:25

@TellySavalashairbrush

A tad annoying but definitely preferable to one of the families who live on my street and rung along the road to school most days - always late, with the mother shouting obscenities and the poor kids looking frazzled before they have even got through the school gate.

This happens in my street too Sad
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SamMil · 24/02/2022 18:25

Haha we tend to do this too Grin

We don't have neighbours though, luckily!

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Electriq · 24/02/2022 18:26

I've had someone leave and not come home, I make sure I say bye and tell the person I love them and to have a great day, not quite jumping up and down, but I can totally understand why someone might do this.

Otherwise you live a life of I never told them...

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Queenkarm · 24/02/2022 18:28

OP sorry it annoys you but I am screaming with laughter at pp suggestions. I think you should do all the suggestions at the same time. I have a vision of your neighbours all huddled at the front whooping and waving and the leaver loving the attention. Absolutely hilarious Smile🤣😭

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readsalotgirl63 · 24/02/2022 18:33

I think it does sound a bit bonkers but we were brought up never to leave the house without saying goodbye and we were always greeted on return. I always make sure to say cheerio to dh or dd when they leave the house - even if we're mid blazing row.

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AffableApple · 24/02/2022 18:34

@TheMissingMango

Get a small bell and every time they do it, sit in the window and ring it until they're finished. Never discuss the bell with them.

GrinGrinGrin
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maddiemookins16mum · 24/02/2022 18:35

@MrsPnut

It's better than what I do to DH (not all the time admittedly) - After he has left the driveway, I fling open the front door and shout "And don't come back" then slam the front door shut.

I can watch him walking along the street laughing away.

My DH Does this to me, I’ll have shut the door and he’ll open it and say ‘go on, clear off’.
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gettingolderandgrumpy · 24/02/2022 18:38

I’m intrigued to know what happens when they come home .

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Susu49 · 24/02/2022 18:39

Another one who thinks you should join in!

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Bluetrews25 · 24/02/2022 18:40

Can you stand on your doorstep, wave a (white, cotton) hanky, sniff tearfully and cry with a break in your voice 'love you' and then break into sobs. To show them how slightly over the top they are. Fine to wave, not to shout.

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KatieMaurice · 24/02/2022 18:43

I’m a goodbye waver. Sometimes I throw in a quick boob flash but I might switch to MrsPnut’s suggestion instead

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AlwaysOutside · 24/02/2022 18:44

We're not quite that bad but I'm wondering if this thread is about me 😳

Please tell me you don't live in a town beginning with F??

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Aquamarine1029 · 24/02/2022 18:44

My husband and I, along with our kids, have always had the rule that we never leave the house without saying a quick "I love you" to everyone, but your neighbours are insane. That's just obnoxious.

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CharlotteRose90 · 24/02/2022 18:44

I’d be shouting bye myself to join in. It might be cute but it’s annoying as hell

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