Do you know what the most depressing sound in the world is?
Well, I'll tell you. It's the sound of your next-door neighbor, a late-60s-ish, gay (He totally hit on Shawn when he used to live here), very very alone, very very messy (not uncommon to spy cockroaches crawling up his front door and sometimes even making their way to my apartment), but genuinely nice man sobbing.
I can hear him through the wall that separates our homes.
Part of me wants to go over to his house, wade through the piles of stacked-up old newspapers and Chinese take-out containers littering his apartment, and give him a friendly hug, even though we've said maybe 10 words to each other in the 5 years I've lived here. The other part of me wants to run into the bedroom and put on my noise-cancelling headphones and rock myself to sleep like a savant, because the sound is so utterly heartbreaking and is driving me kind of insane.
What would you do?
3 days ago