Sep 17, 2012

What's Your Sign?

By Tracy Astle

I have heard that Sir George Stilwell had a sign posted on his house that read, "I must ask anyone entering the house never to contradict me or differ from me in any way, as it interferes with the functioning of my gastric juices and prevents my sleeping at night."

Isn't that great? Sad or funny, depending on whether he was serious or not.

But 'fess up. Who hasn't wished for a sign like this at least occasionally? After an especially long day with a houseful of contrary kids? Or to flash at a spouse who has no ideas of their own for a name to give your child who's due in a few weeks, but shoots down every name that you come up with? Or to place prominantly on your desk at your office? Or maybe when working on a group project in school?

In our saner moments, which, for argument's sake, we'll say are the vast majority of our moments, we realize how maddeningly boring life would be if we actually had a sign like that and people, for some unfathomable reason, honored it.

If I had a sign that showed my crazy - especially while I had all my kids living at home - it might say something like, "I must ask all who dwell herein to clean up after themselves and place all items promptly where they belong, since to do otherwise offends the delicacies of my thought processes."

Any ideas as to what your 'crazy' sign might say?


  1. haha! Tracy, I think your "crazy" statement sums things up pretty well for me too! Thanks for the great post. Life would be very boring if we couldn't discuss our ideas with each other. hugs~

  2. Bed and Breakfast: make your own.

  3. Thanks, Kati.

    Susan, I literally burst out laughing when I read your sign.

  4. This is cute. My signs usually say something about treating me nicely lest the perpetrator end up in my novel. I have another that's less than kind to women whose homes are spick and span, so I won't repeat it. :-)


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