Press On, Weary Traveler: Signs#1

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs

We’ve always chuckled at this sign, imagining a throng of inbound tourists suddenly surging backwards as they approach the exit gate.

And we’ve taken this on as a perseverance rallying cry when one or the other of us is about to wilt and quit under the pressures du jour. “Do Not Back Up, darlin’, please continue to move forward.” It’s very inspirational.

I snagged it with my Droid, even though it caused a backup violation for those immediately behind me. Sometimes, you just gotta break the rules. Right?

Published by fred

Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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2 Comments

  1. I admire the language even if I’m not certain what it means. This could apply to a sewage system. Nothing actually moves backwards, the lack of forward movement causes a clog aka back up.

    You didn’t break any rules by simply snagging briefly. If it had been busy the rest of the crap behind you would have launched you forward.

    You can Photo Shop a few additional words. ‘Rest Rooms’ might work just fine. Sorry I’m not sure if that’s one or two words. It’s a prayer.

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