In the U.S. nobody interferes with anybody, stated my friend who had recently returned after a three month baby sitting stint at her daughter’s place . I don’t even know who resides in her apartment complex, she added.
That’s probably good in a sense , I agreed.
You know here we have interfering neighbours and gossip mongers, she rued.
May be, I said a little hesitantly.
You don’t seem to agree, she said not too happy at my reaction.
Well, it all depends upon what you mean by interference and gossip? I said looking straight in her eye.
Oh, you know in my apartment whenever I step out I can’t escape the vigilant eye of the old lady residing in my opposite flat who is a bundle of curiosity, she complained.
You can always ignore her by pretending to be busy and promising to catch up later, I suggested.
But the thing is she is also helpful , unlike the rest in the complex who are least bothered even in times of emergency, she admitted.
It means she did come to your aid when you needed her help, I said stressing on did.
YES, both morally and financially, she confessed.
You should be happy that you have a good Samaritan in her, I said.
She nodded in reply.
I feel you can count your blessing of having atleast ONE compassionate Indian among a dozen ‘American’ residents in your posh apartment complex, I asserted.
Probably you are right, she agreed.