My greatest concern when I placed the political signs on my lawn was whether they would offend someone in my neighborhood. I live in a working class section of Pennsylvania, some 15 miles outside of Philadelphia. It was dependent on steel and manufacturing for many years but eventually saw a decline as jobs left the little borough of Conshohocken for elsewhere.
I didn’t want to hurt anyone with my politics. I remember when I first saw signs pop up for my candidate’s opponent and how I reacted to their sightings. I wanted to curse out the homeowners. I wanted to shoot at the signs and tell everyone how stupid and bigoted they were inside the houses. (See “Signs -, signs – everywhere a sign!”)
And so I felt a slight cringe when I got my two signs last night and asked my son to assist in placing them outside. I earned the signs. For the first time in my life, I made phone calls on behalf of my political party. Unfortunately, I was unable to reach anyone to volunteer their time to canvass voters. But I did work two nights and signed up at least one young man who had not been registered to vote. You had to give two nights on behalf of the candidate to get a year sign. I got two.
Getting outdoors this morning was fun. The signs were still there. No one stole them or shot at them as far as I could tell. They appeared as cheerful as I felt in leaving them unprotected the first night at my home . . .
Making my way in the bright sunlight of the early morning, I heard birds chirp and felt a slight breeze flow in my direction. It was both soothing and non-threatening in a sort of a magical way, if you know what I mean.
What greeted me when I walked down the steps, however, told me I had made the correct decision.
Across the street a neighbor stood outside his parked car with his arms extended above his head cheering me on. He had seen the signs and had given me a sign of his pleasure with my effort. I cheered him back with arms raised and felt the Universe was smiling on me, telling me that I was a “good boy.” That I had done the right thing.
Now all I need do is get out the vote and make sure that America moves forward with courage without fear of retaliation or threats to be put in jail.