Dear Neighbor

Dear Neighbor,
I am sorry if my dog was bothering you today when she needed to go to the bathroom. I’m sure you enjoy someone yelling at you while you do what needs to be done. I’m also sorry that picking up after her wasn’t enough to satisfy your urge to emphatically tell us that the dogs are not allowed in the grass.

Dear Neighbor,
I know that you will probably never understand dog ownership. I know this is not something for which you should be blamed. And I realize that I am the foreigner who has brought my unfamiliar pet into your country, into your space. My husband and I both do our best to respect that this is the case for most of our neighbors. That’s why we give 110% to keeping our dogs out of the way. We do our best to silence any barking, always pick up after a potty break, and use utmost courtesy around all humans to avoid any concern or exacerbate any fear. Have you been intentionally shut out of an elevator lately?

Dear Neighbor,
I still don’t know who you are. A concerned citizen? You clearly find the need to stand in for the two security guards that roam around the complex for safety.

Dear Neighbor,
I am honestly sorry that I haven’t learned more Korean. My language skills are disgraceful at the moment, though I do try my best to say “hello” and “thank you” to others. When I start my lessons this week, I will try to become a better communicator. That way, I can tell you that it is not okay to take video of my furry family in attempt to document some type of wrongdoing. That way, I can ask why you are following me and my husband and our gentle, kind furkids. That way, after ten minutes, I can confidently walk to the security guard’s office to ask for help.

Dear Neighbor,
We still see you following us. Do you not have something better to do?

Dear Neighbor,
I saw the security guard with his flashlight coming toward our apartment building after we told you that we are residents in 102. We were continuing to walk our dogs around the block. They need exercise. I’m sorry if that interfered with your plans for some type of reprimanding.

Dear Neighbor,
Thank you. Thank you for reminding me of an important life lesson, that one person’s words or behavior can never be a sole voice for an entire community of people. Thank you for reminding me that no matter where I may go, I will encounter people who are not the same, and I may encounter people that I will never understand. Or, perhaps, these thanks should be given to the kind neighbor in the elevator on our way up, who asked if it was okay to give each dog a little pat on the head.

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