Friday, July 2, 2021

The Neighbor

 A vocal Trump supporter lives next door. We've managed to coexist without too much angst, but now he has a girlfriend, and they sit on the porch having their evening few and the neighbor feels the need to display his patriotism by calling out when he sees us. 

Yesterday, I was walking up the driveway, and he was sitting on his porch. "Hey, Deb," he said, "How's it going?" (His girlfriend wasn't there). 

I stopped and walked over to the fence. "Listen," I said, "We need to chat. We are not going to put up with this nonsense all summer long. There are a lot of people in this neighborhood that did not vote for your president. If you want, I can take you around door to door and introduce you to them so that you have other people to yell at. Here's the thing though. We have never said one word to you about all your signs. Not one word. We expected the same respect from you."

Long pause as we stared steadily at each other. 

He quietly said, "I can do that."

"Good," I said, and continued up the driveway. 

Late Edit: Just got back. I now have five avocado trees. This is really hilarious. 


  1. Oh wow, Debby! You are just awesome! Good for you for standing up to such buffoonery. He’s following the example of his idol which is just so sad.

  2. How many times have I walked away and then thought of the perfect answer to someone but it was too late. You got it absolutely right and well done.

  3. I love the way you faced up to your neighbour

  4. You defused the situation well.

  5. Ooh, I am way too timid to confront anyone like that. Good for you!

  6. I'm a bit confused. Is his greeting you offensive or is he usually yelling political stuff at you?

  7. No hummingbird. We have always greeted each other but he has begun to shout political insults. We understand that a great deal of it is probably drink and showing off for his new woman. His greeting (without the woman) gave me an opportunity to handle it forthrightly.

  8. I was confused by the blog post too but I see by your comment to hummingbird what you were referring too.

  9. You took a calm moment to speak your truth to him - good for you! I hope it helps and he changes his ways.

  10. I'm deeply impressed by your assertiveness and your directness. Wouldn't the world be so much easier if everybody did this? I like direct. It makes it easier for me. I don't get subtle.

  11. All it needed was telling him what to do. Good job, Mom.

  12. I'm glad you said something. Good for you.

  13. The Trump supporter takes his cues from Trump himself: always promote yourself and put down anyone who would disagree with you.


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