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Tear Down The Walls

Story ID:11111
Written by:Michael Timothy Smith (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Story
Location:Caldwell Idaho USA
Year:2016
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I came home from work.There was a note on our apartment door, “Workers will be
installing partitions on the balconies on July 21st and 22nd”. It was the 20th, but when I entered
our apartment, there were two men on our balcony, putting the final touches on the new wall
that separated our side of the balcony from our neighbor’s side.

They told me they started early.
Previously, there was only a four foot wrought iron fence between us. We’d spent a lot of
time over the last couple of years sitting outside talking with them. It was our common area.

There was never a problem. They became friends soon after they moved in. We enjoyed the
conversations we’ve shared.

We became family.

Sadly, other apartment dwellers in our
complex do not get along. There have been
tensions, complaints and disagreements …so much so, the management of our complex
decided to put up walls.

We feel segregated from family and friends.

We don’t need more walls. We need more openness. We need to communicate.
We need to talk, learn from others and teach them. Sharing is the gift that grows. Walls
prevent communication, grow suspicions and divide people and cultures.

There are those who want to build walls between countries. I just learned on a
minute scale, walls don’t work.

Tear down the walls!

Let’s share!

Let’s talk …communicate.

Tear down the walls!

Michael T. Smith

Pink Floyd said it: The Wall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qenbMf6wpU