A Lack of Signs and Banners

I pass by my neighbor’s house pretty much on a daily basis and I have noticed a marked lack of signs and banners on his porch as of late. The reason why this is noteworthy is because he used to hang signs from his porch on a weekly basis. I may have that frequency wrong but according to my memory he had a different sign displayed from his porch at least every other week. These signs usually contained a message directed to his neighbor across the street from his house named Susan. Apparently Susan was suffering from cancer or some other illness and the purpose of this signage was to offer her moral support during her time of need.


The unfortunate thing about these signs displayed from his porch was that they were a source of embarrassment and awkward feelings throughout the neighborhood. Apparently this neighbor was unaware of the awkwardness his signs were engendering. I am sure from his perspective he felt that he was doing something nice for his neighbor. In other words, from his perspective his heart was in the right place. For this reason it was difficult for any of the other neighbors in the neighborhood to approach him and tell him to stop displaying these signs from his porch.

The eventual solution to the issue was a combination of a letter from the home owner’s association telling him to stop and Susan’s eventual recovery from her illness. None of the neighbors had the courage to speak to him directly. As such, the situation was dealt with in a passive aggressive manner by making an anonymous complaint to the home owner’s association. At the same time Susan’s treatment reached the end of its course. This was made known via the final sign displayed from the porch.