As the elections draw closer, more and more yard signs are popping up. If we were to have a sign, I would borrow from one of my favorites that a nearby church had posted, " Sign Broken, Message Inside". While I think it is important to vote, I rather not tell others how to vote.
Elections, especially Presidential ones, have the feel of a sporting match. Neighbors like to put their team spirit out on their front lawn for all to see. As I was taking a bike ride, I was amused to see one street where several neighbors on one side sported McCain signs and the houses across the street touted Obama. Guess it makes it easy to tell the Left from the Right side!
The Right to Free Speech
We aren't the banner waving sort of family. I was taught that Sex, Religion & Politics were not topics to be discussed in polite society. Seeing a sign in a yard won't influence my vote but I may look at a neighbor in a different light.
I wonder if the neighbors on the politically divided street get along. I also wonder what other things we could put on yard signs....
Why not religion?
Jew, Catholic, Mormon, Protestant, Methodist, Baptist. I know we have each of these groups represented on our street. But what about Scientologists, Atheists, Agnostics, Jehovah's Witnesses and Wiccan? Inquiring minds want to know! I may not know my neighbor's name but it would be interesting to know if we share religious beliefs.
Let's Talk About Sex
Since we've already touched on Politics and Religion, let's go for the gold. Why not publicize our sex lives (or lack thereof). I think it would be very enlightening to know what kind of sexual deviants live nearby. Swingers, Homosexuals, Asexuals and Sexaholics ( more than once a week).* It might be good to know which houses to avoid on Trick-or-Treat or to let our children play at. Neighborhood block parties would be ever so much more interesting!
* I am totally kidding that any of these groups would be considered deviant. Or that having sex more than once a week makes you a sexaholic or that I really want to know about my neighbors' boudoir habits. Or that I think ours might be interesting...... AKWARD! Moving on....
What's your Sign?
If you were to have a yard sign, what would it be? Do you care what your neighbors think and do you judge them by their "team spirit"?