I am participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to the co-authors of Two Writing Teachers for creating this supportive community.
Yesterday I was stopped at a red light behind a sporty convertible with the top down. Granted, it was a beautifully sunny day without a cloud in the sky, but it also happened to be the coldest day we had experienced in two months. Then I noticed the license plate:
Hmmm… I wondered. Is this an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys the fresh air when he skis or bikes or hikes, or is this just a clever way to explain why he is driving around in a convertible with the top down in 30 degree weather?
PA license plates are created with three letters followed by three numbers. But you can request a personalized plate that contains up to seven letters and/or numbers. It can contain one space or hyphen, but not both. I wondered about this plate while waiting for the next light to change:
Was this a random combination, or might it belong to a jazz lover whose birthday is May 5?
Through decals, bumper stickers, and license plates, we can offer a little information to others about ourselves just while driving down the street. We can find out how many kids or pets are in a family, who’s the proud parent of an honor student, what political candidate, sports team, or cause you support. Quite frankly, I have never given a nod or honked to let anyone know I agree with them, and I have certainly not tried to ram into someone whose support I’m in opposition of (although I have thought about it). But maybe knowing a little bit more about each other will help us better try to understand each other.
So what would I want to tell the world through my license plate? How about
What about you?