“Your Damn yard Looks Like a Parking Lot”
“Your Damn yard looks like a parking lot!” Was the “welcome” IÂ receivedÂ from one of my new neighbors recently.
My wife and I downsized and moved to a smaller patio home neighborhood a few months back. Most of our neighbors are older than us, and none have kids at home (we have one still at home plus a college student). So, our neighbors have one or at the most 2-cars.
We have a minimum of 4-cars. So when friends or family come over, well…we have several cars in our driveway. Admittedly, there were a few times it was too many, and we moved to remedy the “crisis.”
When, I “engaged” my neighbor about his comment, his wife was quick to point out the real root of the problem. The issues brought up by several others: We are younger, we have kids, and the college student staying with us is black! OMG, the only black in the neighborhood!
“Ya’ll are not like us! Ya’ll are different, we just don’t do things like you do.”
Well, I had to try my best to tell my neighbors in “love” that …
I don’t give a flying rats rump if they think we areÂ different, and I don’t care if you don’t like us having a black student (who is like our adopted daughter) here with us.
Lesson learned and to be taught…
Many times those doing things different than you, are actually doing it the right way!
What would you have said to the neighbor?