A dad has been left fuming after being left a sarcastic note by his neighbour ‘congratulating’ him for finally mowing his lawn. The man was surprised to receive the note through his letterbox this week after cutting his grass.
But rather than being a positive message from a neighbour, it instead contained a passive aggressive dig about the state of the man’s garden. According to the Daily Star, the letter, which was posted on Reddit, read: “Congratulations! You mowed. That’s twice so far this year, I believe.
“Can you keep it up? Maybe weekly? Or at least every other week? Your neighbours would be very grateful if your house did not look like it was abandoned.”
The struggling dad posted a picture of the note and explained it was hurtful to receive as he was trying to navigate tricky family issues at the moment.
He said: “Context: I haven’t been able to care for my yard as much as I would like over the past few months because we had our second child back in February and I’ve been single-handedly caring for the newborn and our five-year-old while my wife has been in the hospital recovering from postpartum complications.
“At no point has my yard been out of compliance with city or HOA ordinances, and at no point has anyone bothered to approach me directly about the matter. Instead, we just received this anonymous passive-aggressive letter in the mail. They even postmarked it and sent it through the mail, rather than walking a few doors down and speaking to me like a human being.”
Commenters on the Reddit post were quick to rally behind the struggling dad, with many saying his neighbour should have come to his house and spoken to him in person.
One person said: “Nice ‘welcome to the neighbourhood’ letter. Hopefully whoever it is hears why the mowing wasn’t done and feels bad. I know I would. Congratulations on the new baby and all the best to you and your family. Things will get easier. Breathe.”
Another added: “You know what woulda been nice? If your neighbour came and asked you if everything was okay and if you needed some help since they seem to have a lot of time to stare at your lawn and write and mail letters while assuming you’re just lazy.”