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My neighbor

 
My house is the first on my street. Living in the house next to mine is an elderly lady we call Aunty Su. She lives alone with her pet cats. No one knows if she has a family. She has been living next door to my family for as long as I can remember.

I do not know how old Aunty Su is but she looks over sixty at least. Her hair is mostly grey. Her face is covered with faint brown spots and freckles. She has dark brown eyes that turn into slits when she smiles. She is slim and of medium height. At home, she is always dressed in a long flowery dress. In spite of her age, she moves quickly and with firm steps.

Aunty Su leads an active life. I often see her taking care of her orchid plants surrounded by her seven pet cats. She loves cats and keeps adopting stray ones. She has another wonderful hobby and that is cooking. My family and I benefit greatly from her culinary experiments. At least twice a week, Aunty Su will give us a generous sample of her cooking. It could be anything from a Thai curry to some fancy French bread. It does not matter, as everything she cooks is scrumptious.

Aunty Su is not only generous but also encouraging. Unlike old ladies who like to gossip about others, Aunty Su always says positive things that make people happy. It is no wonder then that anyone who stops to talk to her walks away with a smile. Moreover, people often go to her for advice about everything under the sun. For example, my mother consults Aunty Su on housekeeping matters while my father likes to ask Aunty Su about business matters. She seems so wise and knowledgeable. She is also sweet-natured and patient. I have never seen her lose her cool except once when she saw a couple of naughty children ill-treating a kitten. She rescued the kitten and gave the culprits a scolding that they never forgot.

A good neighbor is also a good friend. But a bad neighbor can be your worst enemy. Everyone hopes for a good neighbor. Fortunately for me, Aunty Su is such a wonderful neighbor and friend.

     
slits   narrow openings
     
scrumptious   tasty, delicious
     
lose her cool   become very angry and start shouting
     
 
 
 

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