Backup your Bumper Stickers!
Last night the neighborhood kids came by to welcome me back from my trip. I love them so it was a very nice evening treat. I gave them some souvenirs I got them from the Virgin Islands, we talked about what they got for Christmas and the field trip one of them took to DC (I almost told her my Lincoln Memorial Booger story. Almost). Then the conversation came to my car’s bullet hole. They hadn’t seen it before. I grabbed my shoes and we walked out back to look at the damage.
They were quite amazed, loudly amazed, at how big the shot gun slug hole was. After their initial response died down, one of the older, more practical children pointed out, “You’re going to have to get a new door.”
“Oh don’t worry,” I told him, “I have insurance and they’re going to take care of it.”
“Yeah, but you are going to have to get new stickers,” and he nodded towards my car.
My stickers? My stickers! My Appalachian Trail stickers!
He was absolutely right! If I got a new door, my Appalachian Trail stickers would be gone! I’m already separated from the mountains and now I must part ways with reminders of the mountains?
The children sensed my concern and started brainstorming. Mostly they focused on peeling the stickers off the back.
Suddenly the youngest of the group, spoke up (slightly paraphrased).
“You should’ve made copies, so when your car got all shot up, you’d have them.”
So there you go. A disaster recovery program we should all abide by. When we buy bumper stickers, make prompt copies.
For when our cars get shot.