For those of you who are unaware, our city has a 24 noise ordinance. This apparently doesn't apply to school children playing outside in residential areas because to my knowledge nobody has stopped the local schools from sending their children to recess. So I'm not sure how applicable this law is particularly when dealing with the disabled who can be quite loud. Canadian law is much more up to interpretation than US law is.
I welcome police involvement because I think mediation is necessary. As I said, my neighbors have no interest in getting to know us. They get upset that our children get up early (the earliest is 6) and get ready for school or church. I've heard banging at 8 in the morning. To my knowledge neither party works and the four year old doesn't attend school/preschool/daycare. If they did get up in the morning, I think it would make a difference.
This whole experience has me learning how to turn my cheek, which is tough because our natural inclination is to defend ourselves especially if the party is in the wrong or being unreasonable. On top of that, we're also called to love our neighbor whether we agree with them or not. So now whenever we have these conflicts with them, I have to be as pleasant as possible even if they are not. This is extremely hard, but it is our Christian duty.
I'm starting to understand how Aunty Em in the Wizard of Oz felt. Elmira Gulch was being unreasonable about Toto, exaggerating the extent to which he was causing havoc. "I'm all but lame from the bite on my leg." Instead of working with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, she went to the law to have the dog destroyed. Ms. Gulch was known for bullying her neighbors rather than working with them. As Aunty Em said "For twenty-three years I've been dying to tell you what I thought of you! But now...well, being a Christian woman, I can't say it."
I can't say it either of my neighbors. Even if they show up with the police and a fine.