Well, to me it means that I’m not welcome beyond that gate and/or whatever is behind that gate does not belong to me.
To some people though, it doesn’t mean a thing.
I ran some errands yesterday afternoon and when I got home, Don was walking toward the house from the chicken coop area. He was furious. He had gotten home a little earlier to find a car parked in front of the locked gate and 2 people fishing in our pond. They had climbed over the gate and walked through another gate to get to the pond. That second gate wasn’t locked to make it easier for Don to get to the well pump if he needed to.
We’ve let the woods grow up around the pond on purpose so it won’t be so tempting to would be fishermen/women. The side that isn’t grown up has a tall chain link fence running down the length of the pond. He let these 2 miscreants know they were not welcome here and that it would be in their best interest to never make the mistake of trespassing on our land in the future. They proceeded to tell Don that their Daddy knew Don’s Dad and that Don’s Dad has helped take care of their uncle….what???? Don’s Dad never lived in Louisiana and has been gone for over 20 years. Even if their story had been true, it was immaterial. They were trespassing.
So now, the other gate is closed & locked.
Where does this all end? I don’t think we’ll see any changes for the better in the behavior of some people. Here in south Louisiana, we live in what I called the “world of the entitled”. For whatever reason, there’s a feeling by many that just because they breathe, they are entitled to a free life. It’s been this way as long as we’ve lived here and it gets worse every day. I hate to keep bringing up Katrina, but that storm changed our whole world. When bad people fled New Orleans and claimed spots in other places, things started to go to heck around here.
Shame, Shame, Shame.