Yesterday it was so damn hot so I came home early from work for the day, something I never do.
After a while my dog started barking. Not happy barking, the kinda barking that says "hey dad come quick, look what I found, HURRY!!!"
By the time I got there all I saw was foliage rustling with my dog barking the alarm. I scolded her for barking at the neighbor who I never see outside ever. Good, says me, that person is finally outside doing something instead of inside.
All that was forgotten until this morning when my son called me over to the spot where my dog caught the neighbor. There was a pile of veggies from my garden that the perp dropped when caught by the dog.
The thing that the neighbor didn't know was that I have too much food in my garden to freeze or eat so I give a lot away. If they wanted some I would have gladly given to them anything they wanted, all they had to do was ask- they didn't have to sneak onto my property steal from me then sneak away. Who thinks like that??? In a million years it would never cross my mind to steal from someone not to mention steal from my neighbor.
The Bible should have added an eleventh commandment: do not covet thy neighbor's cucumbers.
I find my mind swirling with all the different ways to look at this neighbor now. Contemplating all the different ways this person might help themselves to my possessions while I'm at work.
Ive never locked my house nor my vehicles because I say to myself " who would enter my private space? I don't enter other's private spaces, so they won't enter mine so no need for locking."
All that changes now, I guess I grew up naive and during a different place and time.
David Benjamin- horticulture degree North Carolina State University graduated 1983, has worked at the nursery since 1976. Somewhat tired of eating grocery store food.