One of the things I love about our new home is all the natural light. I was beyond excited to have windows in my kitchen and a big, huge window in my master bath.
Now, when you move into a new place, you’re usually advised to get window dressing right away. There was this commercial a few years ago, I think it was for HGTV, where an elderly couple watches their new neighbors have some “quality time” because they had nothing covering their windows, and this commercial has always stuck with me. Get curtains up, I don’t want to provide a show for everyone. So when we moved in, we put blinds up right away.
But not on the big window in the master bath, because it’s “obscured,” it’s a privacy window. No one will see us get ready for the day as we parade around in our birthday suits.
Ah, but here is where it gets good. There are two sets of lights in our bathroom. One set is just above the shower and the bathtub, and the other above the sink. I like my light, so when I get cleaned up, I turn on both sets. Well…
David had told me that the bathroom lights, light up our whole yard when it’s dark. “Sometimes,” he said, “you can see your shadow on the neighbor’s house.”
I shrugged it off. So you see a big undefined shadow.
Not a big deal.
That is, not a big deal until the morning that David noticed the neighbor behind us taking out his dog for a potty break earlier than usual. Normally, they don’t bring the dog out at all while it’s dark out. And none of them stand out there with the dog as he does his business. But this one morning, our neighbor did. And David watched, because the whole backyard was ablaze with my light.
And the neighbor watched – my silhouette.
When he noticed David watching him, he went back into the house. David kept an eye out, so when the neighbor peeked out his blinds for another look, David saw.
When I came downstairs that morning, David told me about the lookie loo. I shrugged it off again because I didn’t think there was much to see. Which led David to clarify: When I’m up there getting ready, because I turn on both sets of lights, the silhouette is very crisp and you can see my every curve. So while I’m not standing out there in plain view, there is very little left to imagine.
Well… okay. So my neighbor got a bit of a show. We don’t know if he noticed before having gone out with his dog that morning or if it was coincidence, but I don’t shower with both sets of lights on anymore.
My milkshake really does bring all the boys to the yard.