What's In A Sign?

By
Real Estate Agent with Fredericksburg Realty, Inc.

Decided to stop at the local grocery store last night on my way home in historic Fredericksburg Virginia.  When I pulled into the parking lot I saw a sign that caught my attention.  It read:

 PARKING FOR

PARENTS WITH

   CHILDREN

I paused for a few moments and pulled into another slot.

On my drive home I debated whether or not I should have parked nearer the entrance to the store than I had.  Certainly, the people who put up that sign (and there were several more like it) did not mean what they had writtten.

Is there such a thing as a parents without children?  Parents Without Partners yes, but parents without children?

Taken literally, my son, parent to my 6' 6" 310 lb grandson(who is one helluva football player), could park there if he took the lad to shop with him.  Hopefully, he would not try to stuff him into the shopping cart (would we ever hear a misbehaved child then).

But here I was, a father of five and a grandfather of 13, not taking the instructions literally.  What the heck, what are a few steps to someone like me.

Guess I will add this to my list of humorous signs I have seen.

Comments (10)

Marc Blasi
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Good Morning Ed-

Wow, you need to stop trying to use logic!

So much of the rest of the world has given up on it.........

Jan 11, 2007 09:59 PM
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent
And the king of all logic  chimes in.  Maybe my mom should take me to that store is that parking spot closer than the handicap spot? :)
Jan 11, 2007 10:03 PM
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
One local drugstore reserves the parking spot closest to the entrance door for "Expectant Moms"  -  now that could be more inclusive than "Pregnant Moms" couldn't it?  Expectant....hmmmm.
Jan 11, 2007 10:11 PM
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

Maybe it is just a sign for mothers that were expecting a better parking place.

Jan 11, 2007 10:22 PM
Carol Spengel
Prudential Rubloff - Wheaton, IL
Wheaton IL
With four kids - 9, 6, 2 and 5months - I would love that sign and they would always earn my business when I had kids in the car!!  It's a matter of thinking outside the box and catering to your customer base. 
Jan 11, 2007 11:41 PM
Marc Blasi
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Let's guess who'll park there - huge SUV, probably blocking the next spot.

This doesn't help the children - it only caters to lazy adults.

I have no problem with Handicapped or Senior Citizen parking - THIS is silly.

Jan 12, 2007 12:50 AM
Ed DeChristopher
Fredericksburg Realty, Inc. - Fredericksburg, VA
CRS Fredericksburg VA

We had children that were born in August '60, Sep '61, Dec '62, Sep '64 and Nov '68.

My wife would have loved to take advantage of such special parking but alas . . . no reserved spaces for her and no humorous signs to read either.

Jan 12, 2007 12:52 AM
James Brennan
ES Group - Washington, DC
JD/LLM, 1031 Exchanges
George Carlin watch out!  Good one Ed...I just ate at Claibornes in your area recently...how's biz in Fredericksburg?
Jan 20, 2007 02:37 AM
Ed DeChristopher
Fredericksburg Realty, Inc. - Fredericksburg, VA
CRS Fredericksburg VA

George Carlin . . . a contemporary who went to Fordham (my dad's alma mater).

Claibornes is only a few blocks from my home; a great restaurant.  Hope you enjoyed it.

Biz here is about the same as it is up in your part of the state.  Unbelieveable.

Jan 20, 2007 11:40 PM
Glenda Crowell
John L. Scott, Bend - Bend, OR

he he he he thank you for the chuckle Ed.

Yes and being a parent with large teenage boys I tend to have them park at the back of the lot. Hmmm a new sign ~ parking for parents with new drivers...

G.

Feb 18, 2007 01:38 AM