A Sensitive Situation!
By Darcy Nemo
September 18, 2017 8:21pm CST
Met my German neighbor suddenly that morning. I was so pleased to let her know that I knew her new neighbor, the British couple. Their youngest went to the same school with mine long time ago. The house is still being built but it is going to be finished soon. That British lady had suddenly approached me a few days ago to tell me that her family would move into my street. (She used to keep to herself, not keen to socialize with anyone so I am still puzzled of why she suddenly chatted to me.) Alas, my good news made the senior (in her early 80s) wrinkled her nose. Turned out her old husband made some water-soluble marks on the old fence (a week or so ago) to guide the fence man who was about to do the dividing fence for both properties. For that, the German was threatened with jail and physical violence by his new British neighbor & the neighbor's relatives. The cheerful senior wanted to tell me more, but I had to rush to an appointment so we parted. Let hope the old couple is going to be okay with their new neighbor. They have been there on that property for about 50 years. Do you get on well with your neighbors? (Mine have been very good to me so far (knock on wood!).)
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• United States
@YrNemo no they've never returned anything! They are an older couple and the wife is the one who I need stamps I need only three but never says here's some money. I've lived here for four years so it's finally gotten to be Annoying! The last time she asked me for stamps I told her I didn't have any so she said well you can run by and buy some and then I only need three! Guess what I didn't get stamps
@SonjaRae You have to learn to make your face looks a bit less pleasant next time they knock on your door . Do a very grumpy or angry face, and try to frighten the hell out of them with some sort of nasty voice. Neighbors who treat you like dirt like that is not good seriously.
• Nairobi, Kenya
Seems there is some bad blood already.I hope they work out their issues.Maybe being neighbours is for a good cause,It might be the beginning of a solid relationship in future. Well growing up we were really close with my neighbors and it was a friendly community.Where I stay now its apartments so everyone with His own life.I can't tell you the last time i saw my immediate neighbor.
Do you often give each other foodstuff? My old neighbors often did that, very funny actually since I explained to one, that I wouldn't be able to give her any foodstuff in return (she made wonderful challah). The new one often gives me some veggie she has in her front garden. I have no clue what to give her back (They are Chinese, I can't speak their language and they can't speak English).
@YrNemo We all have a vegetable garden and fruit trees, so in season when we have too much of a product we offer to the other neighbors. Soon I will receive figs from one of my neighbors, I still have tomatoes and I will give those in exchange.
The suburb we were at before, some neighbors were constantly having troubles with the police. We heard kids crying, adults screaming very often. One such neighbor just disappeared one night, left all his furniture behind. Very peculiar. (after not paying rent for a few months we were told.)
My guess is the younger couple is still hyper with finally building a house of their dream. They are not bad people really, but right now, all the stress of dealing with tradesmen must have made the husband a bit too aggressive. (The German senior pointed that out!)
We don't have problems with our neighbors although we don't really socialize with them either... Just waving and smiling whenever we happen to see each other while we're getting in or out our driveways... Oh, my husband does more than that whenever there's a chance, he would talk to the guys next door when he sees them...
@shaggin considering that squatter rights exist, we do have to be careful. If you let a neighbor take over a small stretch of land for more than a number of years and not complaining, by right, the neighbor could claim it as theirs. Guess that neighbor pulled some tricks like that before to your parents.