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A Bit of Fence Wisdom to Live By

white picket fenceFencing is more than just a commercial industry. Fences hold a unique place in the human psyche; over the centuries, they’ve developed symbolic meanings in addition to their practical uses.

The English language alone is filled with proverbs about fences, as are many other languages around the world. Here are a few of our favorites:

Good fences make good neighbors.

Perhaps one of the most commonly used fence proverbs, this oldie-but-goodie refers to the importance of respecting people’s privacy. Solid boundaries are essential to developing healthy relationships with those around you. So before peeking over the neighbor’s fence installation, Salem residents should keep in mind that sometimes a little distance between neighbors is a good thing.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t covet what others have. This proverb serves as a reminder that even while you’re eyeing your neighbor’s grass, he’s probably gazing longingly at yours. Or something like that.

Everyone pushes a falling fence.

This Chinese proverb makes an apt statement about human nature. It also cautions against openly displaying weakness, as other people are often all too willing to exploit it or help it along. (Of course, by meticulously maintaining their fence materials, Salem homeowners don’t need to worry about this one.)

There’s no fence against ill fortune.

The lesson in this one: Even with the most expensive, well-built fence installation, Salem homeowners can’t always keep bad luck from striking. They can, however, keep neighborhood kids and dogs from trampling their grass.

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