- Aug 14, 2012
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For those of you who know me well, you know that I would give the shirt off my back to a stranger to help them. Yesterday I had to run into town for a bit and when I returned I noticed " extra tracks in my driveway, tracks that are wheelbarrow specific... These extra tracks made their way up my driveway to my car port on the side of my garage where I stack the firewood for our woodstove. The extra tracks then lead back down the drive way and across the street to my neighbors house. I don't know if it was cute or pitiful, they tried to conceal the tire track on the original tire track, but completely forgot about foot prints... This has happened before two winters ago. It pisses me off that my neighbor is stealing firewood for his furnace from me, Lord knows all he would have to do is ask and I will prolly load the back of my pick up truck drive across by his outdoor wood boiler and dump a load for him. I have more than enough wood to get my house through the cold weather. My mother imprinted a lesson on me in my youth. " Seek first to understand, then to be understood " , this is making me think of how bad it actually has to be for him to be in the situation to steal. My heart says he must be in a desperate situation and that his pride is getting in the way of asking for help ( nothing wrong with asking for help, we all need it once in a while) but my ego is saying drill some logs and fill them with black powder and plug them back shut ( no I'd never do this really). Should I go over and confront him? Should I load my pickup bed with fire wood and unload it over there when he is t home? Should I call the sheriffs dept? I don't want to reward theft, but at the same time I don't want him to freeze this winter and I REALLY don't want to make an enemy as he is my neighbor and I'm kinda stuck living next to him for the next 25 years till my mortgage is paid off. Any advice from my family here on the BoB would be greatly appreciated as I'm stumped on what to do.