Only one house in our general neighborhood is surrounded by a chain-link fence. The fence has a big gate across the driveway. The gate is secured by a large padlock.
The fence was there when we moved here 39 years ago. Somewhere along the way the owner added a sign to the fence, “Beware of Dog.” Recently a new sign appeared.
Why this homeowner is so paranoid I do not know. In all these years only one burglary has occurred in our vicinity. That was when a distant neighbor’s nephew broke into his house and stole two shotguns.
I do know this: a sign warning of an armed homeowner does not encourage neighbors to drop by, bringing a plate of fresh-baked cookies.
Copyright 2014 by Shirley Domer