Having just returned from a 12-hour car ride with my little ones, I saw my fair share of pimped out minivans and SUVs decked out in a slew of stick figures and sports’ teams, vacation spots and running accomplishments. In fact, trying to piece together family stories based on bumper bling kept me from losing my mind in two-hour traffic jams.
The popular 13.1 and 26.2 are impressive for sure. They let passers-by know that someone in the car willingly suffered a wide range of physical and emotional trauma–bloody nipples, lost toenails, unsightly chafing. Willingly suffering through physical and emotional trauma? Sounds like parenting. Bloody nipples, lost toenails and unsightly chafing? Side-effects of parenting.
Maybe these stickers could be a new trend…
Favorite Vacation Spots are uber-trendy car candy, too. Apparently everyone has been to OBX. But what about the parenting trenches so many of us have been down? Some might argue that those aren’t always pleasant. Well, family vacations to OBX aren’t always pleasant either.
How about these instead?
This sticker is a warning for other drivers, a friendly heads-up. No doubt the driver’s eyes are still glazed over from the last game.
It’s impressive how many hours of auditory torture these parents can endure. They’re heroes, really.
These adults obviously have a fantastic sense of humor, and they probably cheer for everyone.
Grown-ups sporting this bumper flair have been abused and embarrassed in public. How can you not want to hug them or at the very least give them an understanding nod?
Bumpers could really bring us together; parenting solidarity through bumper booty. I like it.
With stickers like these, parents might pass each other and instead of glaring or mouthing obscenities because the other car has been in the left lane with the blinker on for three miles, they’ll give a thumbs-up and move on. They know who’s inside that car–sleep-deprived parents on auto-pilot.
The road or the school pick-up lane just might be a kinder place.
I’m sure you can think of a million bumper sticker messages I missed. Let’s hear ’em!