I recently had a long overdue conversation with a lovely neighbor who also happens to be a new mother.
Not only are her real life I-just-had-a-baby stories eye opening, but they are Hilarious.
Laugh out loud, breaking into coughing fits HI-LAR-IOUS.
So because she has a new baby, a husband, and various animals around the house, I figure I'm not going to add to the burden by fulfiling my requirment as the "wacky neighbor down the street."
Dropping in unanounced when you're trying to put down a fussy baby may not lead to further social invitations.
Luckily a few days ago I had the priviledge to speak to the little mother and catch up on life and all things Woodlawn.
As we chatted she happened to mention that conflict resolution among her family tends to skew toward passive agressive tactics.
I paused on the other end of the phone and said "Passive agressive? And you live around black people? How's that working out?"
"Not so much." She replied.
As a rule, I explained, black folk don't really respond to passive agressive. You pretty much have to let us know what you want---hinting around isn't gonna make the magic happen.
A cultural exchange, neighborhood gossip and new baby stories all in the same conversation.