Neighbor: I see you put up your yard sign.
Me: Yeah. I got it when I went to te Lake Highlands Republican Womens Club meeting. Pretty exciting. (Why are we talking about my yard sign? Please don't let this become an awkward political discussion. We've only lived here a few months. I've never had a conversation with you beyond yelling hi across the street. Let's not start our relationship off with politics!)
Neighbor: (Awkwardly) Yeah. I'm putting up my yard sign today too. You know that I'm a Republican right?
Me: Ummmm. Ok. (Why are you telling me this? Won't you yard sign tell me this in a minute when you get it up? Maybe we should end this awkward conversation so you can go put up your yard sign.)
Neghbor: But my daughter. Well we just don't know what to do with her. She just turned 18 a few months ago and we really want to encourage her to vote. But really, we raised her to think for herself and not fall for all of the hype. How could she do it to us?
Me: Well, gee, ummm..... (You make it sound so personal. Is it personal that your daugher likes Obama?)
Neighbor: I just wanted to make sure that you knew that my husband and I don't support Obama. But we do support our daughter. She has to make her own mistakes you know? So if us putting up an Obama sign will encourage her to vote, then we'll do it.
Me: Oh. Ok. Well have a good afternoon. (Why would a yard sign encourage your daughter to vote? I don't understand. Not that I want to understand. I really just want to escape through my front door!)
I overheard her having this conversation with my next door neighbors home nurse today. Apparently she wants the entire neighborhood to know that her yard sign is a farce. Weird. Maybe this would have been easier.