Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign…


Just a brief post as I start my last full day in Berlin. Now for those curious about whether I took a holiday from the whole infertility thing, that was certainly my intent. So many distractions, Gasthäuser and sites to visit. Then out of the blue — during a walk through another, smaller German city center — WHAM!

You’ll see what I mean in a minute. (By the by, when you get a few minutes drop by Deathstar’s blog for a great riff on what it means to be how shall we say … occupied with a certain topic?)

Now as I finish my coffee and drive-by post, here’s your assignment — a different sort of Rorschach Test.

Look at the following images (found all around Germany). Quick … what flashes to mind as you see these signs:


Okay. Now this one:nowalk

Me? The first sign prompted this thought: Damn! Really? You want to remind me (on vacation, no less?) that I have no little hands of my own to hold?

And the second one? Ah, this must be the entrance to the Infertility Zone.

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22 Responses

  1. loribeth

    April 9, 2008 12:32 pm

    Now I’m going to have Five Man Electrical Band running through my head all morning. ; ) The first one looks like a bicycle path to me (so moms, hang onto your kids). The other…??

    Sigh. There truly is no escape, is there?? Nevertheless, sounds like you’re having a good time! Yay!

  2. JJ

    April 9, 2008 2:14 pm

    Sounds like you are having a great time!
    I have to admit, my eyes focused on the pictures before I even started to read what you wrote. I had that feeling of “oh geez, another mommy reminder?!”
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip without too many “signs”

  3. Dianne

    April 9, 2008 5:39 pm

    Why is there a part of me that wants to put that on my car? Instead of the Baby on Board signs :).

  4. Emily

    April 9, 2008 11:53 pm

    Why do I suddenly have the incredible urge to make a tshirt out of the bottom sign and parade it into a room of fertiles?

  5. Carlynn

    April 10, 2008 7:48 pm

    I love Berlin, it’s one of my favourite cities. I’ve been there twice and both times H and I had so much fun with loads of alcohol, a little sight seeing, lots of cycling and hardly any thoughts of infertility (for once).

    I thought, “Ooh nice, no kid zone,” for the 2nd sign.

    Glad you’re having a good time. I’m very jealous you’re there and I’m not!

  6. Bea

    April 12, 2008 5:56 am

    Ah, Berlin. You won’t have to work hard to make us all jealous when you get back and post the full trip report.

    As for the signs… weird. I really don’t know what the real interpretation is, but yours sound great.


  7. shlomit

    April 12, 2008 1:24 pm

    I think they just installed that sign over my front door!!!
    Aghghghghghg…gotta laugh or I’ll cry!
    Glad you’re having a great trip!!

  8. peesticksandstones

    April 12, 2008 11:41 pm

    Ah yes! These for some reason remind me of these signs I see at every New York City park — anywhere there’s a charming little playground. It says “No adults unless accompanied by a child.” I guess this is to fend off molesters or something? But I always feel somewhat offended by it for some reason. Then again, I am totally nuts.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip! It sounds fabulous.

  9. babystep

    April 15, 2008 5:17 am

    Forgive me, but I thought — oh, they are telling where it is appropriate to run moms with kids down on my bicycle! Just kidding.

    • Sara

      April 15, 2008 5:10 pm

      I thought that is what the sign meant too- darn it, guess I will have to stop stamping those little figures on my bike- maybe that’s why I keep getting those dirty looks when riding through the park- maybe I need the second sign for a shirt to warn those walking ahead of me that I am coming- watch out- just kidding- I am not that cruel…..or crazy 😉 But aren’t signs fun

  10. Ms Heathen

    April 17, 2008 1:19 pm

    The second one is surely either a ‘yummy mummy free zone’ or else a ‘no smug parents allowed’ sign. It indicates a mythical place where infertile women are allowed to go and enjoy themselves without constant reminders of everyone else’s fecundity!

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