Czech Culture & Adaptation

Smoothing Out the Bumps

September 4, 2009
children on the newly paved road

Building neighbourhood relations, improving roadways

Our neighbourhood’s recent road building endeavour reminds me of Robert Frost’s poem Mending Wall. In the poem, the narrator finds himself working alongside his neighbour one spring day, lifting stones into the cracks left by winter in their common wall. Frost’s narrator questions the necessity of having a fence, but his neighbour happily declares that “good fences make good neighbours.” Most striking in the poem is not the fence, but the shared experience of the two men as they worked side by side to rebuild it.

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