Just Say No to Stick Figure Family Car Decals
June 10, 2010
I don’t know if it’s a Southern California thing, but every day I drive past a car (correction—an SUV or mini-van) that has some sort of decal stuck on the rear window representing the driver’s family.
Sometimes it’s a subtle grouping of two large hibiscus flowers with one smaller flower in between. I can live with that. But other times it’s a cringe-worthy stick figure family customized with their hobbies (there’s baseball-loving boy with bat in hand next to his baby sister sucking on a bottle). To make it worse, sometimes their names are printed underneath!
I don’t know what these parents are thinking. Yes, we know you love your family and want to shout it out to the world, but let’s not get carried away and put the kids in danger. Not only are you advertising your children’s names to complete strangers, but you’re giving away information that could make it seem like these strangers actually know what they’re talking about.
So if you really must use your rear window as a blank canvas, perhaps it’s better to go a little abstract. If flowers aren’t really your thing, there’s always turtles, flip-flops, soccer balls, you name it. And let’s leave a little something to interpretation…no need to name names!
Here are some acceptable alternatives: