If you would indulge me this last story and explanation.
My neighbor Ned had a sign in his yard that read “Neds Birthday Party”.
I always wanted to get to know him better.
I thought it would be the neighborly thing to do to show up.
I bought a present and knocked on his door. He seemed a little surprised.
He asked me if I wanted to meet his family, which I did.
I noticed that no other neighbors had shown up but thought they eventually would.
A few did show up but they didn’t stay. Just wished him a happy birthday or dropped off a present.
I thought, how rude, how un-neighborly not to stay. At least I was staying.
As the party progressed I noticed some stares and looks.
Sometime people would ask how I was related to Ned.
When I told them I was a neighbor they sometimes had a puzzled look.
I ate the cake and the ice cream, participated in the games and birthday song.
As I sat and wondered why I was the only good neighbor, I realized that I was the only non-relative.
It finally dawned on me, this was a family party.
Others could stop by but the party was for the family.
I think I have made the same mistake on AR
I was looking for a site to discuss Atheism and so I joined AR.
It is a site FOR Atheists. Others can ask a question or post a comment.
But it is not intended for others to camp out in and join every conversation.
Thank you for your time and trouble.
If I have a question I will stop by.
But will leave the family in peace.
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