KEEP THIS PARK
That’s what the sign says.
Over there at Comanche Creek Park.
It’s a sign worth contemplating as one sits at the picnic table.
Eating one’s hamburger from Northside Café.
Maybe a cheeseburger.
Maybe with fries.
Or fried pickles.
An interesting sign, to be sure.
Glancing around, I’d say that park is very lean.
So somebody’s been doing their job.
Then there’s the signs at Cooper’s BBQ.
On the front of the building it says: OPEN ALL WEEK.
Below it the sign says: CLOSED.
Signs are fun.
Especially handmade ones.
Missing a word.
Or directional ones.
Such as: EAT AT STEVE’S AND GET GAS.
Or the dry cleaners: DROP YOUR PANTS HERE AND GET FAST ATTENTION.
In Menard County, there’s Four Mile Road.
At the beginning of which is a sign: ROAD CLOSED ONE MILE.
Guess everybody’s cutting back these days.
Such are these economically-challenged times.
Weather’s nearly taken a back seat as the number one topic of conversation.
The economy running neck and neck with it.
And running amok.
Perhaps we’d be better off with an economy of doomsayers.
And an economy of media.
So many old-timey sayings seem to hold true these days.
Patience is a virtue.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Don’t count your chickens until they hatch.
And don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Though it is fascinating to see that crime apparently does pay.
And rather well at that.
Maybe somebody embezzled our rain.
And they’re holding it for ransom.
Well, don’t believe everything you hear.
No news is good news.
Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.