Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PBE4UGO #AtoZChallenge

Notes about this challenge:
The A to Z Challenge is to write to the letters of the alphabet in order, one a day each day in April, except on Sundays.
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Spread the love of our alphabet around!

I saw this license a few years ago and thought it hilarious!  It's on a van.  I'm guessing a van full of kids.  Cracked me up!  Getting kids ready for anything - I remember getting all my snow gear on for playing outside - and in our family of four kids we didn't have snowpants - We wore layer upon layer of clothing to play outside.  The layers helped to not get hurt when you were ice skating or sledding, as we were prone to do with two helpful brothers.

At any rate, just when mom or dad were thinking "yay, they are ALL ready and we can shove them out the door and have quiet time!" someone would say, "I have to go to the bathroom".  Remember the movie "The Christmas Story"?  That WAS our life.

The easier thing was getting us in the car then though.  No seatbelts, no carseats, no boosters...just four kids loose in the back!  So getting out to go to the bathroom was not as big a problem - however, as soon as one kid says it, we all had to go suddenly.  And though the problem wasn't one of complicated seating arrangements in cars, there was the bigger problem of VERY FEW PUBLIC BATHROOMS.  There were few Rest Stops, no fast food restaurants, no bathrooms accessible to the public really.   

We didn't WANT to go sometimes.  But if we were making a pit stop for one, it was all or none!  But really, usually the mere mention of the word "bathroom" was enough to make you decide maybe you should go.

So PBE4UGO...Pee Before You Go brings up so many smiley memories!


Our family of 2 boys, 2 girls
Piled quickly in the car,
Dad said that we would take a trip,
The ride would be quite far.

Climbing in the back seat
My sister had her doll,
One brother had an Army man,
The other a baseball.

Under my arm I always had
Some mystery book to read;
Dad started up the Chevrolet,
Mom wielded map to lead.

We started as a merry load,
That fidgeted and wiggled
Across a bumpy, bouncy road
We jostled and we giggled.

But pretty soon the joyful jounce
Got us four feeling antsy
We asked Dad for a bathroom break
No need for something fancy.

Finally with waving arms
One screamed out like a crow
"I told you all," Mom shook her head,

"To pbe4ugo!

"There isn't any bathroom here..."

"Oh, find a place to stop!"

"Umm...Never mind, I'm okay now;
Did some one bring the mop?"

 by Donna JT Smith, 4/19/17

Q is tomorrow...this one is a bit of a fudge.  I have only found one Q plate and I used it last year.  But this one DOES have 2 Q's in it, so I think it counts.  And I get to decide.

On Friday, it is Poetry Friday AND is will be my day to supply the 21st line in the Progressive Poem.  Buffy Silverman added her line yesterday.  And today's 19th line will be posted sometime today at Patricia Weaver's blog, Writer on a Horse


  1. What a funny license plate! Made me laugh and brightened my day. Thanks!

    Trudy @ Reel Focus
    Food in Film: Pancakes

  2. Thank you for visiting my blog it is always good to get a few visitors as we stumble our way to the letter Z . . .

    I had to think about that number plate a bit before it clicked . . . silly me. and cool poetry. . .

    1. I think I "got it" when I read it aloud in the parking lot! Some are like that - you have to read it out loud, and sometimes a couple different ways before you "get it". Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Donna,

    Very funny license plate! Do you snap photos of these interesting plates? The poem is cute and you're right when one has to go they all have to go, too. Heck, if you leave out in the middle of nowhere or if you're just out in the woods then find a place beside the road to go. lol That's what we did when I was growing up and we did it with ours. Call us hicks if you want but this easy peasy method solved a lot of bathrooms breaks pretty quickly. :)

    Art Sketching Through the Alphabet "P" (Princess & Prince)

    1. Yes, I take the pictures mostly in parking lots and sometimes at stoplights.
      We didn't pee in the woods much even though we could have - my brothers may have, though!

  4. Hahahaha! Clearly the plate of a family who traveled a lot! :D


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