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  •  The presumption is what bothers me, (1+ / 0-)
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    AaronA

    And how impersonal a letter is.

    If this neighbor is disabled? If they are minimally abled and rely on the goodness of family, friends, church members and volunteers to help them, and the people who help leave the light on? Perhaps the neighbor is elderly,  unsteady on their feet, and/ or has very limited sight. Important supplies are left in the garage; the switch is across the room, so the caregivers have insisted the light stays on ALWAYS so that they don't have to walk into a dark garage to get what they need.

    But now they've been embarrassed. They know the neighbors are watching, obsessing over how wasteful they are. Perhaps they were forced to confront the people who are incredibly gracious to them. Or perhaps they are now risking going into the dark garage despite the previous precautions that were agreed upon.

    There's a reason why homes have front doors, and many come with doorbells. It's so we can ring those bells or knock on the door and talk to each other, understand each other, and try to reach an understanding together.

    I think the diarist could have handled this better. I know he's a kind warm person. I wish he had knocked on the door and expressed his concern in person.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 07:52:23 PM PST

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