A while back, someone destroyed one of the forts I built and left the following note behind in my fort message box:
structures in the
world without you
also adding structures at
an undeveloped beach. I
enjoy undoing your work
At the time, I didn’t know how to respond, but mulled over the various possibilities:
Build another fort and see what happens.
Build a fort and stake it out, wait for him. Gather more intelligence.
Leave a message behind asking for a parley.
Leave an essay behind that shares my philosophy about fort building.
Leave a note behind saying he’s one in a million who hates my forts.
Leave a sentence behind asking why he’s so angry at a corral fort.
Leave an invitation behind asking for a longer explanation for his hostility toward the fort.
Leave him a screed that rips his wrongheadedness about forts.
Challenge to him some kind of duel.
Set up a booby trap.
A week or so ago, I built a new fort not far from where the destroyed once stood. I left behind a note (see graphic) inside a container.
I returned to the fort three days later and it had collapsed in a manner inconsistent with a collapse caused by winds or tides. (I know about these things.) I opened the container but couldn’t tell if the note had been read or not.
Now what? Do I continue to invite reflection and reconsideration? Do I give up? Do I put my fort energy elsewhere?