This morning I received a long ‘essay’ via a third party. The request was that I print a ‘rebuttal’ by the relatives we told would have to leave after they’d lived here rent free for four months. So I read it… and re-read it with a growing sense of incredulity which rapidly turned into anger at the mixture of half truths and blatant lies and decided to publish it along with a detailed response.
I’d worked through several pages when I decided to send it to a friend who had just come online.
Her response was that it was totally outrageous… especially since it grossly insulted children who were in no position to defend themselves. She then said “Anyway, why are you getting so worked up over it?”. I said “Lies… half truths…. etc”. She said “So?”
I said “So they’ll spread this filth thru the family!”
She said “So?”
I said… “They said we threw them on the street when we said they needn’t leave for four days!!! It’s just wrong!!”
She said “So? Do you care? Really? They’ve gone let them stew. Ok they abused your hospitality and abused you…. you’ve done nothing wrong… just leave it.”
I had to admit that fundamentally I really *didn’t* care. Somewhere along the line when they spread this rubbish someone will ask the right questions. And if they don’t… so what?
She suggested I simply ignore it, take commenting offline and just ignore them evermore. They’ll eventually move back where they belong and in the meantime our life will return to normal. So that’s what I’ve done.
The wife of course was totally appalled by the letter too … but has also decided that it’s time to let it go!
So… the short answer to the letter is “No – I’m not going to publish it.”
Continue to send emails, if you wish… send comments… send whatever you like, it will *all* be ignored. I am utterly *disgusted* with their outrageous behaviour, as all reasonable well mannered people are. I sincerely hope never to have contact with them again.