Kill them with kindness. Writer Candice Marie Benbow chose to approach a noisy neighbor with a warm, friendly letter, and to make the situation even sweeter, she baked him a cake.
While a noisy neighbor will typically bring out the worst in us (there’s a reason so many sitcoms feature characters banging a ceiling with a broomstick), Benbow took the high road — and it paid off.
On Dec. 15, Benbow shared on Twitter an image of a letter she penned to her downstairs neighbor, Tommy, who had a tendency to blast music until four in the morning.
“We haven’t formally met and I hate we’re doing so under these circumstances,” the letter begins. She goes on to explain that she expects him to come home and blast music, and she is somewhat appreciative of his dedication to “throwback” classics. Other times, she Googles lyrics and adds it to her own playlist. “To be fair, you’ve helped me catch a vibe.”
However, when the loud music continued well into the morning hours, she wrote “Last night … Fam, you tried it. You really, really did.”
I wanted the best way to tell my neighbor that he tried it with his late night party. So I wrote him a letter and baked him a cake. pic.twitter.com/SxPKAzOHp0
— Candice Marie Benbow (@CandiceBenbow) December 15, 2018
Although Benbow was complaining about the outlandish choice of loud techno music to lull one to sleep (or rev up the party), she chose to approach it with kindness, instead of passive-aggressiveness like many are wont to do.
And the updates did not disappoint.
UPDATE: I JUST MET MY NEIGHBOR TOMMY!!!! He’s so freaking cool! He apologized for the noise, promised to invite me to the next party and most importantly…HE SAID MY POUND CAKE WAS AMAZING!!!! pic.twitter.com/NcU8t0ZfqT
— Candice Marie Benbow (@CandiceBenbow) December 18, 2018
So why does Benbow’s neighbor Tommy blast his music daily in the first place? He’s a music video producer. “EVERYTHING makes sense now,” she tweeted. On top of that, Benbow learned that Tommy was experiencing his first holiday without his daughter, who died in a car accident.
“It was a sweet and gentle reminder that we never know what folks are going through and it is always best to lead with kindness. When we can extend grace, we really should,” she wrote.
So I’m shooting my shot&asking someone to take a chance on a holiday movie about a Southern girl w/a baking blog moving to NYC to become a writer&she moves next door to a loud, cute music video director! @ava @LenaWaithe @IssaRae @hallmarkchannel @OWNTV @willpowerpacker @netflix
— Candice Marie Benbow (@CandiceBenbow) December 22, 2018
Aww, let’s get this movie made!
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