My neighbor is a displayer of signs and banners from his porch. His latest sign is a white square upon which is written in blue lettering “Yes, I ask you very confidently, ain’t she SUSAN!” This sign is intended to be quite literally a “sign” of support from the fifty something bachelor to a woman named Susan who lives across the street from him and is suffering from some disease, perhaps cancer. I have never met the man who lives in this house nor have I ever me the Susan to whom the sign is intended support.
I do not believe my neighbor purchased this sign or any of the previous signs he has displayed from a sign shop. It certainly appears to be hand made. I think perhaps this is part of its intended charm. He put the thought and effort into hand making a sign to help cheer up his neighbor across the street. Certainly this is a laudable action on his part but I do get the feeling from other people in the neighborhood whom I have met that this situation is a little embarrassing and awkward. Because his intentions are good it is hard to tell him not to do it. I suppose the neighborhood has collectively decided that it is not worth it to do anything and to just let it happen.
I suppose we can take comfort in the fact that his sign is relatively small. It is not like it is a vehicle wrap or some such. Incidentally, I did look up the lyrics because they were not immediately recognizable to me. It turns out that they are from a song entitled “Ain’t She Sweet.” Upon seeing this I realized that I did recognize the song. I suppose the take home message here is that signs and banners can be used for a variety of reasons. Some are good and some are bad and it is all a matter of perspective.