A man had noticed that his neighborhood had recently become decorated with colorful chalk drawings on the sidewalk, some of which were inspiring and playful. It was a trend that the man felt brought a sense of community to the area, but it wasn’t long until he felt that the passionate artists had gone too far.
An Arty Driveway
One day, the playful artwork spread from the sidewalk onto the man’s property. He stepped outside for a walk, discovering a sprawling chalk creation on his driveway. He felt that this was somewhat audacious, but he might not have minded if it weren’t for the theme of the art.
“Someone had drawn a huge cross in chalk on my driveway,” the man explained. He was all for the artistic creativity within the neighborhood, but he was Jewish, not Christian, albeit certainly not a religious man. He felt that a cross on his own driveway was a bit too much.
To make matters worse, the cross was accompanied by two messages. One wrote “Happy Easter” which was relatively inoffensive, but the other wrote “HeIsRisen,” referring to Jesus’ crucifixion.
Hosing Them Away
The man really was not comfortable with this artistic escalation. “I took out my hose and washed away the chalk drawing and messages, and then took my dog for a walk,” he recounted.
A Peaceful Stroll
During the walk, the man didn’t let the chalk incident get to him. Spraying the art away with water seemed like a reasonable response to him, given his beliefs and personal space considerations. However, little did he know, this simple act would soon lead to an unexpected confrontation.
An Upset Neighbor
Upon returning home and making his way up the now-clean driveway, the man was confronted by one of his neighbors. The neighbor, with a hint of frustration, asked, “Excuse me, is there a reason you ruined my daughter’s drawing?”
A Polite Clarification
The neighbor explained that her daughter had spent nearly an hour creating the artwork. Her intention was solely to spread positivity and celebrate the religious significance of Easter.
A Respectful Explanation
Whilst the man expressed his regret for destroying the young girl’s art, he felt the need to explain himself. “I said that I was sorry that I upset her, but that it was my driveway and I didn’t agree to have someone draw on it, especially when it was a religious holiday I don’t celebrate,” he remembered.
A Heated Exchange
However, the woman did not accept his explanation. “She started calling me things like “anti-religious”, a miserable jerk, and a horrible person,” he laughed. “I tried to tell her to calm down and stop verbally assaulting me. She then told me that I would regret washing away her daughter’s art, before flipping me off and walking away.”
Reflecting on the Situation
The woman’s harsh words left the man confused. On one hand, he maintained his belief that the religious art was an invasion of his private property and personal beliefs. However, he did feel bad for upsetting a child and wondered if he could have been less hasty, leaving the artwork to remain at least for an hour or two.
An Online Verdict
The man headed online to repent for his sins, explaining what had happened and asking for verdicts from strangers. However, readers were on his side. “Your land, your rules – the girl can draw on her own property for Christ’s sake,” defended one reader.
A Unanimous Defense
Everyone chimed in to defend the man’s actions and criticize the parent’s entitled attitude. “A lot of Christians like to forget that not everyone practices their faith, or wants to be exposed to it,” another reader wrote. “If she wants to draw religious iconography she can do so on her own property, not yours.”
One commenter was suspicious of the neighbor’s intentions. “It’s a little coincidental that she decided to draw a Christian picture on YOUR drive, not her own or other neighbors. I feel like they knew you are Jewish and were trying to antagonize or convert you.”
Return the Favor
Dozens of comments chimed in with amusing suggestions to give the woman some perspective. “Ask her if she’d be happy for you to draw a big star of David on her drive… then spray her with the hose,” one reader laughed.
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