Open Letter to My Neighbour

Dearest neighbour,

And so today our time together is at an end. Who would have thought it would ever come to this? But life sometimes take unexpected turns, like this one which leaves us here packed up and heading off to a new place, while you stay behind. It’s funny how quickly a neighbourhood can change, but perhaps it’s nothing new to you.

Enough of this sad talk, after all we’ve been able to enjoy so many great times together over the past few months. So I ask you to indulge me just this once as I reminisce on all the happy moments we shared.

It seems like it was just yesterday that you came charging into our lives, forever changing us, leaving an indelible mark. What will I do without my sleep being interrupted at 2am with your constant hammering and incessant floor sanding? And what about the late nights that you and your drunken mates would gather in your backyard, shouting and laughing uncontrollably as you stood baying at the moon? Yes, fond memories indeed, and not readily forgotten.

So now you’ll be able to park your many cars in front of our house whenever you want, day or night. Oh silly me, that’s a privilege which you had already extended to yourself. After all what would we want with privacy or access to our own parking space?picketfence.gif

You have always been a giver, but sometimes you found a way to give just that little bit more. Surely you haven’t forgotten your early Saturday morning adventures which found you out in the street bare-chested and gut-sagging, revving your car without mercy. And yet even that wasn’t enough for you. Your generous spirit required you to share even more, topping off the morning with hours of pointless tinkering with your dodgy old car engine as the soothing sounds of death metal blasted from your stereo. All we can say is that Saturday mornings just won’t be the same without you.

But what I’d really like to thank you for, the thing that touched me the most, was your final gesture. I never expected you to go so far as to anonymously drop a handwritten note in our letterbox, with your kind offer to permanently quieten our dogs if they didn’t stop barking. I don’t think I ever got around to properly thanking you for that. So here it is (a little belated I know), thanks for taking time out of your busy day to make such an unselfish offer. And then to act all modest later on, going out of your way to deny it was you. Come now, there’s no need for lies between friends. Acknowledge the goodness you spread in the world. I shudder to think what the world would be like without people like you.

Well there we are, I think that’s everything. I appreciate you letting me enjoy this final stroll down memory lane. So now I look to the future with the hope that my new neighbour will bring similar joy into my life. I have the feeling though that you may just have been one of a kind.

Kind regards,
Your ever mindful neighbour.

P.S. If you’d been an unpleasant neighbour I would have taken great delight in the fact that you ran your car over the tree stump in front of our house. What an unfortunate shame that was.

P.P.S. The dogs are doing really well, thanks for your concern.


  1. The Artist

    Hi Tracey, so pleased to hear you are losing your neighbour and do hope you get someone better in their place. We’ve all had a few thoughtless neighbours and been so glad when they moved on, with best wishes, The Artist

  2. Panda

    Wow, they sound like a bunch of jerks. Good riddance to them!

  3. Tracey

    The Artist – Thanks so much. Yeah, they were some pretty rotten people. It’s amazing how much impact other people can have on our lives.

    Panda – Thanks for your message. I would definitely second that!!

  4. Fiona

    And I thought we had some bad neighbors! Hope your new neighbors are better.

  5. Tracey

    Hi Fiona – I have to admit they were the worst neighbours I’ve ever encountered. I’m sure that there are worse out there though. Just thankful to be away from them now.

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