I want to be a better neighbor after I noticed a lot of door slamming in the townhouse building where I live. It disturbed me because I like it quiet so I can be quiet and hope as a result I am a better neighbor. The two story building has 8 units connected and I am between two. I am fortunate to live next to a quiet family. The other side not so quiet.

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Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.

18 Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

In my experience parties are few and far between. They’re expected since families live here I expected to see a birthday party. I can deal with a small party since they only last a few hours. Normally the noise gets quiet after guests get busy watching children in the bouncy castle. It’s no big deal if the party is quiet by 9PM. I am a morning person so I want to have quiet at 10PM. The quiet was recently shattered by a busy neighbor remodeling!

In fact two weeks of construction has frazzled my nerves! The project started with hammering, tapping and sawing in the afternoon. The problem was it went on into the night. Late in the night! I allowed it, so I thought to myself, and had to go ask for quiet if I wanted change. I knocked on the door asked my neighbor to please be quiet however, that didn’t seem to help.

Surprised I woke up to pounding and thought what time is it? My clock read 12:30AM! No way! Why are they working after midnight? I knocked on the wall, it’s so thin I bet they heard me. I went to sleep again.

Finally relief came at 3AM after two weeks! The last nail was hammered and I am able to sleep. Townhouse life is not for everyone.

Do you have a creative way of dealing with neighbors?