Free write, huh?? Fine.
“I saw the sign, and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign.” Those lyrics by Ace of Base, is the first thing that popped into my head, when I thought of sign.
Now, what to do with that.
Presumably, signs are posted to inform us about something. To warn us. To direct us in some way, shape or fashion. To go here and not there. To make us happy or to tell us how we should behave, period.
There are signs EVERYWHERE! They are inescapable. Unless you find yourself in the vast expanse of wilderness in the Northern Territory of Canada or the Alaskan tundra (and even then, there are signs at their edge telling you not to litter), you are within eyeshot of a sign of some sort. BUT, how often do people actually read the signs?
Going back to the song lyrics. “I saw the sign, and it opened up my eyes…” Unfortunately, many people’s eyes remain closed. It has been my experience that many people rarely pay attention to signs. Warnings, directional or otherwise. They’d rather disturb someone and ask them the question. They often prefer inquiring for directions over giving mind to the signs directing them to their destination.
Signs are a fact of life. C’mon people, let’s read ’em!
“Honestly, officer, I didn’t see the sign…”