Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor?

Do I really have to love my neighbor? Or does shalt provide for exceptions? I beseech Thee. Just wondering.

What if a whole section of his fence falls down on my property? And he dost not repair it for months? And I canst not mow my lawn, but I durst not to tell him.

Or if his dog cometh to poop on my property through the gaping hole in the fence? Every single day. And he dost not bother to clean it up. Do I still need to love my neighbor? Or can I just love his faultless dog?

And what if he has barbecue parties every single weekend with music blaring outside until early morning? And his guests throw paper plates, foil pieces and chicken bones into my garden through the hole in the fence? The bones canst kill my little dog.

And what if his friends art parking their cars blocking my driveway? Do I still need to love my neighbor? No exceptions?

Or what if his house help cometh to pick flowers from my garden through the hole in the fence? And if he never returns my mail delivered to his mail box in error? Not even the tax return check? Still no exceptions?

If not, can Thou please tell him he shalt love me too? And explain what that means, in very clear terms. And instruct him how to repair the fence, and make it a bit higher.  Also, please teach him how to pick up dog poop and provide him with some bags. And while Thou are at it, please give him some flowers in his garden. And replace the mailman. Prithee.

Then, I promise Thee, I shalt love my neighbor.

(Inspired by actual events that happened to a friend)

20 thoughts on “Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor?”

  1. Ha! I had the neighbors from hell, also, until I sold my house in July. Though the issues with my neighbor were not obvious to the buyer’s eyes (as would have been the case with your friend), I was ever so happy when informed by my realtor that disclosure of jerks for neighbors was not a legal requirement like, say, structural issues;)

  2. Well you could always shovel the dog poop back over the fence, just before the weekend barbeque. Ha! Sorry guess that don’t help. 🙂 loved the post though.

  3. Great post. I have a neighbor that collects cat poop and puts in my front stoop. LIke I’m the ONLY person in the neighborhood with cats. LOL

  4. “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church (or Local Council); and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”

    Pretty sure you don’t have to ‘love’ a pagan or a tax collector – except to show as much grace as you would expect yourself if you were being as thoughtless as him. 😉 Great post!

  5. Well, if you love your neighbor as yourself as the Bible states, then do you love yourself enough not to suffer in silence? Sometimes, truly, people are just not aware for whatever reason. Pray thee, then speaketh upeth!

      1. I wish you all the best. I’ve experienced lovable neighbors. The ones who insist on mowing their lawn as soon as the sun is up on the weekends were a real joy. Another was the party animals who lived upstairs, flooded their apartment and caused it to rain on our TV and electronics. But thou shalt not kill, so you negotiate. I wonder if cavemen had these problems?

        1. That’s a good question. I think that time the more they held together, the greater the odds of survival, so sharing was probably practiced more than today…at least it’s nice to think that way 🙂

  6. I know the pickle you’re in…for I have the same dilemma.

    Our neighbors’ dogs have broken through our hedge to romp in our garden, leaving poop and pee wherever they please. Sorry to say…I guess…that the neighbors have had to troll the neighborhood in search of their wandering dogs. On a couple of occasions when they’ve solicited information from me about their pets whereabouts…I’ve given the owners a piece of my mind. Not a pretty sight, for sure. I was on the verge of hysteria, I guess you’d say.

    Happily, the neighbors have installed an “invisible fence” on their property. Voila! No more unwanted dog droppings. Now all we fret about is…

    …their hedge which threatens to swallow up our house…it has grown so monstrous. 😦

    1. I know, it’s hard when people don’t take others into consideration.If there is no neighborly love coming in it’s difficult to have any going out…at least in the long run. I hope they’ll trim their hedge soon!

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