This is something about my neighbor of whom other neighbors abhor and kind of regard them as being unfriendly with an ill-mannered son who is in his mid thirties and of whom some neighbors had been even challenged to fight with him.
When I went back yesterday, a saw of group of three men, raising their voices at the said neighbor and his wife and demanded to talk to their son, as a neighbor I thought i could be of some help (not being busy body though) , so i walked up close to that group in the presence of my neighbor and his wife and i asked my neighbor what was going on.
With his mild voice, he told me his son owed these people a few thousand dollars and he had gone into hiding and asking these debtors to come and get the money from this couple(my neighbors) and he lamented, this was not the first time the parents had to stand in to bail him out.
The three men insisted that the parents pay for their son's debt but the father said he could no longer do that and the three men refused to budge, nicely i told the tree men to leave and not to harass the couple and said to them if they wanted to they could come back anytime, after much convincing, they left.
At the end of it, the wife was saying to me that they were so ashamed of their son that they felt so bad about the previous incidents and that's why they shun the neighbor and now i knew they were not being rude.
I felt so bad for this old couple, the only child and they have got the worst of him and I am sure that they'd indeed helped him out so many times but may be their hands were really tight this time.
I like the Malay proverb,"Nak Melentur aur biarlah dari rebungnya"
P/S : Start them young right