This morning, on my first of 459 round-trips to and from my 8th and 10th graders’ schools for the coming year (different schools/different start times/bus route eliminated despite the impact of additional exhaust fumage multiplied by God knows how many families), I noticed a common sight.
It always provides driving entertainment as I see the many variations on the theme. And it is certainly not uncommon in my corner of the universe where my realtor told me people hock their wedding rings to move into this district with such highly rated public schools. It was a back window decal on an SUV – taking up a large portion of the lower half of the window – with what appeared to be two parent stick figures (perhaps with career themed attire), three or four kid stick figures (with what looked like their respective sports apparatus) and what looked like a dog (not sure if he was holding a regular collar or harness to signal his preference).
I know there is a market out there for these stickers since I even saw a storm trooper version the other day. And come to think of it, maybe they are a crime preventative measure (what car thief would be so bold as to take a large, active family’s mode of bulk transportation?). And they do keep me amused on my routine jaunts to and fro. But I think maybe I’ve finally figured out the real reason for them.
They seem to often depict larger families with three or more children – all with different sports apparatus. So maybe the real reason people have these stick figure decals is so that they can remember which kid plays what sport? Or how high to count before they close the car door? Something to think about.
Note: no stick figure decals were harmed in the writing of this post.