My love, from his previous marriage is still part owner of a rental property because he and his ex have been unable to sell it. It sucks for all parties, but because my allegiance is with him, it sucks for him to be attached to something that’s 1) not making any money, 2) is rented to low-income residents who are just down right dirty, and 3) because on occasion, I help him get things done.
Just recently, he had to go to the property to clear the yard of debris; namely household trash that the tenants failed to take to the curb for pickup. The tenants on both floors are able-bodied and the sidewalk is maybe 2o feet for one and fifty for the other. I may be being generous on the distance, but needless to say, the distance isn’t far at all. So, can one of my astute and rational-minded readers explain to me, why the trash was left to pile up to the point where the city had to get involved? If you’re thinking is like mine, you’re probably saying, “they’re just plain lazy and nasty”…Just because you’re poor/low-income doesn’t mean you have to live filthy or lazy. The house may not be the best of places, but if you could afford better, then they’d be living somewhere else. Furthermore, if they lived in an apartment, they’d have to take their respective trash to the dumpster, so there’s no excuse for not putting the trash on the curb once a keep.
That instance aside, my love had to go to the property about a keep ago to install flooring in the first floor apartment. I stopped there to bring him lunch and upon entering was taken about by chicken bones laying on the floor and other dirtiness about the place. She always has an excuse as to why the house is dirty or smells, but there is no excuse if you ask me. This tenant is a young woman in her mid-twenties with 4 kids…Yes, I said 4. I don’t know the exact ages, but from the photo I saw, they range from about 3-9. She goes to school and may be working, but there is still no excuse to live dirty. Regardless of the house; as previously stated, it still belongs to someone and she’s getting assistance for her rent etc, so why is it too much to keep the house clean. She chose to be Loosey Coochie, so she should accept all that comes with taking care of her homestead, her children, and herself. I give her credit for being in school, but I can’t for the life of me understand why people live dirty.
I’m not standing on a moral pedestal, but how hard is it for one to simply clean up behind themselves, their children and in turn teach their children how to clean up behind themselves. Just because she/they have less than others doesn’t mean they have to live in filth; especially when it forces others to have to clean up behind them.
I participate in community service events where we clean up low-income areas and each time I hope it inspires the residents in those communities to do better for themselves. If others are giving of their time and services to come from their homes/neighbourhoods to lend a hand, then they, too should show some pride and self-respect to do their parts as permanent members of said communities.
I wish I could get them to explain to me why they feel compelled to live in this way and it scares me to think of how they’d live if they did in fact have a better or bigger place to live. Sadly, all I can do is shake my head and hope that they’ll have the presence of mind to be better examples for their children and be better for themselves.
Live the life you love; love the life you live!