I had promised myself that if I ever have a car that has a plate holder
at the front I would treat myself to a funny one…one day.
“I’m not getting in the car if you have that on it.” My teen said most adamantly.
“Well, you will be walking quite a lot from now on then.” I replied equally as firm.

A few weeks later I’m walking back to my car in the parking lot
outside of the superstore. See an elderly man in his car which is
nose to nose with my own and he is chuckling away to himself.
I smiled and thought it’s nice to see someone happy.
Then he began to point towards my car and it was then that I
realised, he was laughing at the plate because it said:


In the UK you have to have a legal matching plate front and rear of your vehicle or the police can pull you over and fine you for it. So, when I moved here it was such a novelty to me to see these funny plates or plates with pictures on the front of cars and of course, I always said if I get a car that has a place for a plate on the front I’m going to buy a funny one.

When I saw this one in Canadian Tire I thought it is so apt for me and the way I drive (fast) and the kids when I give them a ride here or there and, my teen said, “I’m not going  in the car if you put that on it!”  So, I told her she’d spend a lot of time walking then because it’s going on… and I put it on.   Forgot all about it being on there until one day I walked out of the superstore and the elderly man in the car facing my bumper was really giggling at it.

Seeing his laughter really made me smile.

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Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

21 thoughts on “Plates”

    Your poor child lol, I am sure she too has forgotten that it’s there lol

  2. I now know how well you write this little essay. LOL.
    Like being a fly on the wall, I could picture those faces
    on your kids. Like your permanent bumper sticker. Great 1!

  3. Too funny, Bren. I’ve slowed down a bit in later years but recently visited my younger sister in CA and did not realize how fast she drives. She really needs a plate like this one.

  4. What fun! Many express themselves through plates and stickers and yours is incredibly entertaining. Let the kids walk! 🙂


  5. So glad you stuck with your promise to yourself, and I love your response to the kids. Thanks for the bit of fun 🙂

  6. Well, that’s the best kind of plate. Great story.

    This is a novelty to me — I don’t think having a front plate that isn’t the car licence number is allowed in my country.

  7. To make that old man smile is worth anything. Like others have said, we have to have 2 plates here in NV, too. I found out the hard way.

  8. I remember when they lifted the rule of two…and I rushed out and bought Green Black panther eyes for the front of my own little putt-putt…it was a toss up between it and “Bitch”. lol Enjoyed the trip down memory lane…needless to say the plate went to the scrap heap with the car…but I’m thinking I need another 🙂

  9. i would have a lot of creative fun too if we weren’t required to have two plates, back and front. if you can make someone laugh without profanities, it’s a good joke. not that i’m against all profanities:) i’m not.
    also, thank you for nominating me for the versatile award. i don’t do awards, only because i get so socially awkward about what’s the proper procedure and all that, which i why i haven’t even thanked you in a timely manner. it truly means a lot you would think of me. that’s my reward:)

  10. ha. if they did not require us to have the front and back that might be apt…smiles…fun story…

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