It’s time to sign off from all the signs

It’s time to sign off from all the signs

I keep seeing signs all over the place.

Not signs as in harbingers or forebodings. I mean the signs in stores that are essentially decorative labels: “Laundry Room,” “Pantry,” “My Happy Place.”

An occasional accent word is one thing. “Pillow” embroidered on a pillow or “Shower” painted on distressed wood and propped on a bathroom shelf is décor and therefore tolerable if you like that sort of thing.

Recently, though, I walked through a store’s home-accessories area and saw signs for pretty much everything in a house: Porch. Kitchen. The Gathering Room. Hearth. I rolled my eyes at “Laundry” on a wire basket, but when I saw another basket labeled “Dog Toys,” I said, “Oh, come on,” out loud. A person who doesn’t recognize chewed-up, disemboweled, stiff-with-dried-dog-spit remnants of hedgehogs, ferrets and knotted ropes as dog toys without signage at the very least should never be trusted to house sit.

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