"Everyone have a brain."
This was a sentence written by one of my students in my tuition class last week. I promptly corrected it to read "Everyone has a brain."
I asked my student if he was sure that everyone did indeed have a brain. He replied in the affirmative; I concluded that I wasn't too sure!
Last night Hari Raya began - the month of feasting to end the month of fasting. Our neighbours, for whatever flimsy reason which probably related to preparing for Hari Raya, were banging on their wall with a hammer and then drilling at 11pm. My wife went around to have a word with them and it stopped. For a while.
Our two children were already sleeping by 11pm. At 12 midnight there was more banging and drilling. I hit the wall with my hand a few times. At 12.30am the same. After 1am when the loud drilling continued I was pretty angry as I was also trying to sleep. So I put on my clothes and stormed out of my door and banged on their door. 3 times. In my anger. Nothing. I heard them muttering but no answer. Too scared to open their door!
It finally stopped. I think they got the message. This morning my wife reported that she still heard noise at 5am. Luckily, for them, I slept through it!
So in conclusion, I don't agree that "everyone has a brain". It takes both a brain and a heart to be considerate of other people, none of which my neighbours seem to have.
Have you had to put up with noisy and troublesome neighbours?