One of those odd things which comes up around me suspiciously often happened from stopping at Wawa, which it might be useful to explain is a chain of convenience stores often with gas stations attached and which generally have lower-than-average prices. I was pulling into the parking lot ahead of getting gas, since I also wanted to get a soda. There's nothing stopping me from going into the store for whatever I want to pick up while the gas is filling, of course, other than that I've taken to listening to audio books and I like having the extra time to get my ``reading'' done.
So I circled around a short while looking for a good parking space, by which I mean one I don't have to back out of, and accepted that the best spot was next to a car with a rear window decorated with messages written on in that chalk-soap thing normally used to obstruct the windows of newlywed's cars. It didn't seem likely to me that newlyweds would be stopping at Wawa, although the extra-sweet iced tea is really worth some attention even on the happiest day of one's life. New graduates seemed more probable.
And then I looked at what was written in the rear window. It read:
May Angels Guide You In
with a few stars and crosses decorating the corners.
I'd never imagined that sort of things as being something to decorate the car for. I don't begrudge people their grief, or how they choose to express it, particularly when it is pretty low-key and it's not disrupting anyone else's activities. It's just that I hadn't imagined rear-window messages to be all that probable an expression. Given that this particular Wawa is near a theme park, I wonder if it wasn't high-school or college-grade young adults playing a curious prank on people who wander past expecting something like ``Summer Vacation Fun Trip 2008'' or the like, in which case I probably wasn't the right person to see it.
Trivia: The world's first sugar-beet factory was built in Silesia in 1801-02. Source: Food In History, Reay Tannahill.
Currently Reading: The Rules of Baseball, David Nemec.