Dude, Where’s My Stuff?

Dear Joel,

            Why do some people take so long to return borrowed items? I’m always happy to share, but I needed a tool the other day, only to remember that it still hadn’t been returned. So, then I had to chase down my friend to get it back, and I wound up waiting another week for its return.

            They say, “Neither a borrower or a lender be.” I don’t really agree with that, but I think you have a right to say I need this back by Friday. This way, if they’re late, you can gently remind them that they broke their promise and tell them that their tardiness affected you negatively. Maybe they will learn an important lesson. If not, you can tell them no when they make their next request.

Joel Markel

Write to joel@preferredcares.com. His radio show, “Preferred Company” airs Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. on preferredradio.com and 1160 & 1310 WOBM-AM.

f you or anyone else is in need of home health care, call Preferred at 732-840-5566. “Home health care with feeling.”