No parking

Under normal circumstances, neither of these signs would be out-of-the-ordinary. They are guarding an empty lot, and presumably the land owner is simply attempting to keep unwanted visitors from tramping around on his property.

The thing that prompted me to take a picture of two innocuous signs is that the tree they are nailed to is a good 10 yards off the road. There is no way people could park there even if they tried.

Every time I see it, it makes me laugh, so I finally just took a picture.

Wanting to share my amusement with my menfolk, I showed them the photo. As men will do, they were oblivious to the humor in it, so I tried to make a joke about whether the property owner was not talking about cars parking, but couples parking.

I was apparently dating myself.

My husband did offer up a weak, but gratifying smile at my joke, but my son just had that glazed look teens get when they have no idea what parents are saying.

“Parking, you know…” *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*


“You really don’t know what I’m talking about? Kids don’t go parking anymore?”


If he didn’t know what I meant, I certainly wasn’t going to explain it. I also don’t know if I want to hear what kids were doing now that they aren’t steaming up the back windows of Dad’s Mercury Cougar.

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I believe all good fiction includes an element of truth, and all good photography includes an element of fantasy. In this journal I hope to give voice to the stories swirling around in my head, and to capture the images I see through my camera’s lens.

11 thoughts on “No parking

  1. Funny how colloquialisms have changed. For example when you mention “Cougar”, a car is not the first thing to come to mind!

    As far as I know my boys still have a few years till I have to worry about “parking” (driving is 2 years away for the oldest)!


  2. Reminds me of a picture I tried to take of a sign that said “Humps Ahead” as in warning of speedbumps in the road. Unfortunately, I took it with my old phone’s camera and it was too fuzzy to read.


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