Naughty or Nice (part 2)


Here are the first few people on my Naughty or Nice List (for mangos):

NeighborWithCameras on the right side of my house: NAUGHTY. They keep trimming their side of the Clusia hedge that separates our yards so it is so thin that you can see through it. And their security cameras are pointing right at my yard. Enough said. NO MANGOS for them.

Neighbor on the left: NICE. They are very pleasant people; we chat every time we see each other. They take care of my mail/newspaper when I am out of town and will even water a plant or two for me. I regularly leave Mango & Carambola by their side door and text them to notify them of the care package.

Madeline: NICE. She picks up a large jar of Almond Butter at Costco for me, periodically. It’s much cheaper there than where I normally buy it. Maddie had a small potted mango tree that her rambunctious dog ripped apart and ate so she is in need of Mango offerings. I bring her a couple of Mangos whenever I see her.

Brooke: NICE. Her son loves Carambola so I give her all the Star Fruit her family can possibly consume and they are demonstrably grateful. Most people don’t know what Carambola is or what the heck to do with it so I am always happy to find someone who likes it. It wouldn’t be appropriate to denigrate another one of my fruits and then expect to receive the king of fruits. She will keep receiving Carambola and has been added to the Mango list.

Gardener & Pool Guy: A LITTLE NAUGHTY. It’s kind of silly of me to gift them fruit, because they take whatever they want when I’m not around, but I keep up the pretext that they don’t and give them small presents of fruits to add to the collection they have already pilfered.

Physical Therapist: NICE. He does something magical to my shoulder to get me out of pain. I took a whole box of Mangos to him on my last session. Being able to carry the box is proof my shoulder is getting better.

Mom: NICE. She’s my mom; it’s impossible to pay her back for all that she’s done, so she can have all the Mango she wants.

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3 thoughts on “Naughty or Nice (part 2)

  1. This is a great post. Really fun read and several life lessons in their 🙂 I wish I had a mango tree that I could share the fruits of. When I have moved into my new house (soon) I will have to think what I can grow to share with family, friends and neighbours (nice neighbours only but they all seem nice so far!) and I will remember your post xx

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