My Neighbour Is Sick


For as long as I can remember we’ve had the same neighbour. We go back years, decades, indeed centuries. We live in what in the real estate world is known as a semi-detached. Which of course means it is also semi-attached; we share one very long partition, I am hesitant to call it a wall, given what my neighbour has in mind for the other side of his house.

We are very similar in so many ways, and get along just fine for the most part, even if we disagree on how to spell neighbours. Oh, sure we have the occasional spat, a little falling out. But when push comes to shove we have each other’s back. For instance, my neighbour had an ungodly upset on September 11, 2001 when one of the central family members was struck down in an egregious act of violence. We did what we could to help the situation and felt our bond grow stronger as often happens in difficult times.

Before the current pandemic, we often spent time in each other’s place; in fact, we are each other’s most frequent visitor. Over the years many members of my extended family have married into my neighbour’s clan, and vice versa.

Our cultures are similar, sports, arts, entertainment are all on the same track. Not identical mind you, but shall I say variations on a theme. The way we run our household and make decisions is, again, on the surface comparable, yet dig deeper and it is almost like night and day.

Before the current pandemic, we often spent time in each other’s place; in fact, we are each other’s most frequent visitor. Over the years many members of my extended family have married into my neighbour’s clan, and vice versa.

All in all, we are a pretty close pair. Which is why I write this. You see it has occurred to me recently, after poring over newspapers and electronic media, that my neighbour is sick, undeniably very ill. Over the past four years there has been something akin to a cancer coursing through my neighbour. Perhaps it has always been there, but since a new head of the household moved in, the vile malignancy has surfaced. For the most part this sickness started manifesting itself in relatively small flare-ups, but lately major outbreaks have erupted erupts that knock everyone for a loop.

Over the past four years there has been something akin to a cancer coursing through my neighbour. Perhaps it has always been there, but since a new head of the household moved in, the vile malignancy has surfaced

My sadness over my neighbour’s sickness is compounded by a strong feeling of frustration. You see, the illness, hideous though it is, is absolutely curable. Other neighbours in our community have suffered from similar afflictions, and have taken appropriate actions to remedy the situation, and rid themselves of the demon. But many of my semi-detached neighbours not only refuse to consider the cure but rather insist on confronting the disease by applying even more disease.

We have been good neighbours for so long that it pains me deeply to see this lovely big household  (mind you our house is bigger even if our family is smaller!)  afflicted in such a destructive manner. I hope that in early November, before it is too late, my next-door neighbour will realize that something must be done to eradicate this infirmity. In conclusion, I must come clean, I would be lying if I did not admit to also having a selfish desire to see my neighbour well, and that is the concern that, like popular culture, the disease may spread to our house.

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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