The people who live near you can really make or break how happy you are wherever you live. That's why I feel horrible for a family whose neighbors want their handicap ramp removed because they believe it might hurt the value of their home.
Vincent and Heidi Giesegh have the ramp in front of their house and they use it for their 16-year-old daughter, Kirsten, who has Cerebral Palsy. And while it's clearly a medical necessity, the people who live next door to the Gieseghs are threatening to take legal action against them if they don't have the ramp removed.
Is this the most selfish and ridiculous thing you've ever heard or what?
It's not like this family threw the ramp up in front of their house because they wanted to create some sort of eyesore. They have a daughter who obviously can't get in and out of the house without their assistance and the ramp is absolutely essential.
And given the current housing market, I guess I can understand why people are worried about their home's resale value -- but to go so far as to threaten a couple who is just trying to do the best they can to take care of their child? I'm sorry, but that's just plain heartless. Haven't they heard of a little thing called compassion? How would they feel if their daughter was the one who was bound to a wheelchair and needed a ramp to get in and out of the house? Something tells me they'd be singing a different tune if the tables were turned.
And while the ramp is noticeable outside of the Giesegh's house, it's really not that bad. They even put a little garden out in front of it to try and give the home more curb appeal, which has to count for something.
One thing's for sure -- I'm glad these people don't live anywhere near me. Hopefully the other neighbors in the community will rally around this family and teach these horrible people a much needed lesson in showing a little empathy toward others. They could sure use it.
Whose side are you on, the Gieseghs or the neighbors?
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