Mum to be on board.......
As I was driving to work today I was behind this 4x4 and noticed one of those yellow signs in the back window. I drove closer to see what it said, "mum to be on board". immidiately this eminded me of the discussion on here about the baby on board etc. signs.
OK I can kinda see a small, very small point to the baby on board signs, yes i suppose you could be distracted with a child in the car, and the sign may warn other road users, though if your baby distracts you that much is driving such a good idea, & before I get a backlash no i'm not saying mums shouldn't drive. I have 2 dogs one of which barks constantly in the car, this distracts me so I avoid taking her in the car.
But really mum to be on board, do i really need to know that, does being pregnant give you an excuse to be a bad driver, or somehow mean that you are more special than the rest of us. Maybe I'll do myself a yellow sign saying child-free-by-choice on board ;o) or hard nosed biatch on board.
Whether you tell the world you're proud on your person (wedding rings, hen night badges) or your car, the principle is the same as far as I'm concerned and my point is that lots of people make announcements about theri lives that tell people they're proud, and I don't necessarily think it's the same as being smug. I think some of the ladies on this board might take it that way when the announcement is baby-related because they're so used to coming across Mums who can't understand why they are CFBC and want to persuade them to make the other choice, that they see that attitude in every Mum. And not every Mum feels that way. I find women who are CFBC fascinating, and I respect them, because I do believe that if I hadn't become pregnant unexpectedly at a young age, I would have got to an age where I knew myself well enough to accept that having children might not be the best option for me. I would NEVER make another woman feel uncomfortable because I have kids and she doesn't. I don't want another baby, but I'm not in the least bit bothered by baby stickers. I feel happy for the woman who is pg because she's oviously happy about it (and also a little bit sorry for her because she probably has no idea what she's letting herself in for!).
FWIW, I think 'Mum to be' stickers are pointless and I'd never buy one, and I feel the same way about 'Nutty tart' stickers and 'Bride to be' badges.
I'm a badge-free person. I don't like any of those silly stickers. I especially roll my eyes at the hen-night ones. But that's just me, my personality. I know that others will have a different opinions.
But then, I don't like uniforms and I probably wouldn't wear wedding rings either . ..
I refused to wear a wedding ring because I didn't find it necessary - I married because at the time I wanted to make a commitment to a particular person not because I wanted the world to know about it. I had a ring as the ex insisted but I just wore it as a beautiful antique ring. (I also didn't change my name, make vows or have a stupid cake or an expensive photographer - had lots of champagne though - perhaps I should have never bothered!!! - oh and I got married in lacey shorts and matching top - only Â£35.00 - more money for the champagne)
However if I got a PhD I would be proud and would probably insist on being addressed as Dr - however that would have been achieved through hard work and effort and only very few people can do it - therefore I would feel justified of being proud, whilst to a certain extent anyone can get married and have children if they so wish to.
a few times while out iv sited a car in my local somerfield carpark with a "showdog in transit" sticker in its back window. are people really more cautious driving if they know there is a prize winning yappy dog in transit?
Iv seen a few good signs stuck on bumpers including "bitch on board" as well as "if you can read this then you're too far up my arse!"
I dont suppose it makes much of a difference what sign you have in the window, its not gonna stop careless drivers.
The idea of having something like Diabetic on board is a good idea for emergency services but then people usually wear SOS talismans to notify of this sort of thing.
I feel the same about marriage as you do.
But if I had a PhD I wouldn't use doctor unless it was at a professional function. As it is now, I've deliberately refrained from putting any letters behind the name on my business card . . . even though on the form that we fill in when we order them, there's a row for them.
but that's just me . . .
People rarely remove them when the child is not on board. My friend mentioned this letter to me in The Times about the signs:
The Rev Judith Walker-Riggs may indeed be right about the original intent for “Baby on board” stickers (Letters, last week). This system is admirable when used only while a baby is actually in the car, but frequently this is not the case.
My uncle was a station officer in the fire service and lost one of his team when searching for a baby on board following a road traffic accident. The car burst into flames, trapping the fireman, when there was no infant in the vehicle. Unless they are used only when carrying babies/children these stickers are meaningless and, at worst, can be lethal.
Darlington, Co Durham
I have to agree with you, barkingmad, I see them as irrelvant as I don't drive that close to other cars for it to make a difference. At best, it's a useful warning that their concentration may not be fully on the road as they'll be sorting out little Jonny's dribble and lovely Lucy's tantrum about which Nursery Rhyme CD she wants to listen to as well as trying to stop them fighting ;o)
Funniest thing I saw was when a Porsche pulled up next to me and my friend at traffic lights and the driver was giving her the eye. As he roared away (only to have to stop at the next set of traffic lights) we were in hysterics at the Baby on Board sticker on the rear window. We reckon this was a ploy by his wife to stop him pulling while he was out driving! It worked!
that's a good way to keep other women away from your man, maybe I should try to get one of thouse stickers in to my BFs Punto ;o)