License Plates

9 06 2014

Having just returned from northern Wisconsin, I am thinking about license plates. With the ability we have to communicate with one another instantaneously, a large number of people are able to join in a cause, easily and rapidly, with amazing results. I am going for something much more humble than government overthrow: road blessings.

When I was young, my brother Jeff and I would play the “ABC” game, finding the letters of the alphabet A to Z in a race to see who finished first. I’m sure it was instigated by my folks to pass the time as we drove on long trips! (It works! I recently engaged my 8 year old niece in such a game—she caught on quickly, and it drew her attention to the wonders of the scenery outside, instead of the car’s familiar video playing inside.)

As an adult, I especially enjoy deciphering the “vanity plates,” those customized plates purchased by their owners according to their specifications and the 8-character limit of plate space—to convey a message, declare their line of work, initials, address, etc.

I have seen many fun, enjoyable, informative plate messages, and a few uplifting ones—BLEST, for example. I’ve been formulating over the years what I’d order as my vanity plate. Something about my joy in Christ, or a good wish for someone else. What if all of us display messages of joy and goodwill as we drive? We spend lots of time on the road. I know I am a Pollyanna, so I did a bit (teeny bit) of research—prices vary, but from what I could understand, the cost could be as low as $47, and high as $99. Unrealistic for many of our wallets, but still…If we give up 2 dinners in a restaurant, we could send out inspiring messages every time we drive! And guess what—JOYEAUX is available! My first try. So is ALLELU—with a 5 after it. What would be the effect of uplifting messages driving by during one’s commute?
JOY2YOU
B BLEST
I LUV U
JOYEAUX
(I think “God” and “Jesus” and words referring to deities may be prohibited, but I’m not sure about abbreviations
JSUS SAVS
GDISLUV
THXB2GD
THXB2U (one of my personal favorites)
ALLELUIA (fits as is!)
BE WELL
HVAGDDAY
PEACE 2U
I’ll add a few more, then perhaps you will dream up yours…
PRAY4ME (wonder what would come out of that one!)
GD IS 4U
ASK ME
YMIHAPPY
GLORY BE
SNG PRAZ
Take the time to try some. It will make you smile. Share them with me, IFULIKE.
BLSU2DA, FRND.
O AMEN O

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