mall towns in the Midwest are warm and friendly places. They are the kind of towns where everyone knows everyone else. Generally, people look out for each other and wish only the best for each other.
Even local businesses get in on the act of wishing others well. I remember the grain elevator near my house used to always put area children’s names on their lighted sign announcing and wishing them a happy birthday.
Just the other day, I drove past this example of a local gas station that had 3 people’s names listed wishing them all a happy birthday.
Well look at that, Elijah is turning 30! That’s sweet. Of course, whenver I see these signs I always watch in my rear view mirror to see if they have duplicated the same message on the opposite side.
Let’s see about this sign, is Elijah being wished a happy birthday to the southbound traffic as well?
Wait, um, ok that’s not at all what I was expecting. That’s a rather harsh message opposite a nice happy birthday message.
Sorry Jon. I guess it’s NOT your birthday huh?