Is “The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease” An Unfortunate Truth?

Contemplating an old saying and what it really means in todays world.

Klara Jane Holloway
2 min readDec 19, 2021


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I’m moving to a LifePlan community and they are in the process of refurbishing my ranch home. I have some huge windows on one side and requested some pine trees be planted on the side of my home for more privacy. No. Not possible. Admin has to approve.


I threw a fit. I cried about the horrible view I would have and that I’m reconsidering moving now. I caused a huge ruckus in the front office and probably ruined all of their Thanksgivings. I left to Florida for the week and didn’t communicate with them at all.

Last week I got an e-mail. I can plant all the trees I want.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease. But, is that how we want to live?

Has anyone felt this way? Like you have to throw a hissy fit in order to get something you want when a polite conversation should do the trick? That day I was just pushed to my limit with this request I made for trees, and other issues, and I had a total meltdown. Later, I was embarrassed. Then, when I saw it produced results, I thought I might use this unexpected tactic again. But isn’t that a bad idea? I don’t want to be labeled as one of “those kind of people”. Or, do I? I like things my way when I think I’m right. Now it’s a conundrum.



Klara Jane Holloway

I write about my experiences in life. Some mundane, some sad, some funny, and hopefully none boring!