On the way to work (when I am driving), I pass a couple of churches with message boards. When I am biking, one church even has a small one close to the bike path. These message boards sometimes tell of upcoming church-y events, or sometimes their owners use them to impart words of advice and wisdom.
Which can sometimes be a bit obnoxious…from my perspective. I remember, back in the day of being 'the minister's wife', looking over such platitudes and helping to decide which #1 would work with the letters we had available, #2 would work with the space/lines available, and #3 wouldn’t offend.
One of these message boards I pass is a new-fangled and modern electronic gizmo, so #1 has no implication, and really, I am not sure that this particular establishment is too concerned about #3, because sometimes? I get a bit chapped passing that place. I mean sometime I just want to roll my window down and yell….’whatever! BOZOS!!!’ I don’t even remember what today’s words of wisdom were. Something about experience and knowledge and THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW ME SO SHUT IT!!!!
In front of the other church today…something about not finding the real meaning of life using Google.
All this for free.
However! For a mere $3.97 (plus tax), I could have bought a magnet on Sunday from a little independent shop in our Old Town that spoke to my heart, and I remember oh. so. clearly.
“I wish I were as thin now as when I thought I was fat.’
The choice is mine. Refrigerator wisdom that I have to pay for, but apparently sticks with me, or religious bleatings for free that irritate (but apparently not the hell out) me.