Especially When That Good Neighbor Is… Me
By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee
Sometimes… we can live places where if you become too familiar with people who live nearby… it’s not the happiest thing in the world. Especially when the relationship is one-sided; when you only want to be friendly ‘from a distance’…
Especially when a person has been private many years… who isn’t ready to give it up for people she/he knows aren’t ever going to be there in his/her life.
Especially… when they only want to use he/she as a taxi; to borrow money… or overcharge to do things for you.
Definitely… no one wants neighbors like that… ones who ‘can’t hold their ground’. Who did they depend on ‘before’?
Good people will fall into the ‘trap’ by being so nice, caring. This leads people into thinking you are weak, easily taken advantage of. They don’t know that good people ‘hope their new neighbors’ are just as nice.
Good neighbors dread coming home; try to be quiet when opening, closing doors. Dread when their phone begins to ring… know that if they show ‘life signs’ around their home… someone is going to ‘break that peacefulness’ that was known ‘before’ someone moved into the neighborhood.
It’s sad, because someone’s feelings are bound to be hurt. Hurt in a gentle way… because it’ll embarrass, and let someone know they haven’t fooled… anyone. Especially… after 3 times… it’s only ‘a matter of time’…..
Embarrassment… because someone will know that all along… good neighbors ‘knew the whole time’… what was going on… they gave the benefit of the doubt…. hoped someone would get the hint; not over-step boundaries. Good neighbors are just that… no more. They aren’t your taxi cabs, nor your ‘bank’…
Hurt when they realize that if they ‘dropped a puppy off’ somewhere to ‘get rid of it’… they need to never-ever expect good neighbors to look at them, acknowledge them again.
Someone’s going to feel really bad… especially… if a little precious puppy isn’t around anymore. One that the good neighbors bought medicine for to help its skin; fed it extra to help it get more good things to nourish its body.
The good neighbors will stay good neighbors, only help if there’s an emergency… but, their friendship will never be there… again. They will never be a ‘taxi cab’ again; nor will they ever pay too much for a small service… again. Regardless… they won’t be that ever again…..
Especially… if that little puppy has been mistreated… taken off somewhere without the good neighbors knowing that it might need a new home…
Especially… if the good neighbors would have taken the little puppy they had grown to love, care for.
Especially when… someone said they knew the good neighbors loved that puppy…. and they liked that. Liked that the good neighbors were helping to make its skin well… someone liked that the good neighbors bought medicine for it… even put it on.
Liked that the good neighbors gave their little puppy ‘extra’ good food. Liked knowing the puppy was always welcomed at their home, yard.
Finding out about the little puppy is going to determine a lot of things…. especially when the good neighbors will still be nice; but… never the same again.
Especially if someone can mistreat a young puppy… get rid of a precious little puppy.
No… the good neighbors won’t ever be the same … especially when that good neighbor is… me.