in the south, i don’t get the opportunity much to see any of the bumper stickers and decals i got so used to in massachusetts. in fact, ever since college, if i see any bumper sticker related to any college in the greater boston area (which even includes the five college consortium way out in northampton/holyoke), i get a little thrill. these are my people!
so you can imagine my confusion when, driving the streets of memphis, i began seeing that W on the left up there with some serious regularity. i had made contact with the wellesley club here, and i knew that there just weren’t that many of us around these parts. as you can see, the font of the W on the left is eerily similar to that used by my hallowed institution, shown on the right. now that i’m looking i guess the wellesley one is missing those little feet on the bottom of the W. either way, mighty similar. finally, finally, i was driving down park toward home one night when i saw big banners for the Woodland Presbyterian School, incorporating that W on the left up there. and, problem solved. apparently there are wayyy more woodland school alums around here than wellesley, not-so-shockingly.
riddle me this, then: i still get a thrill every time i see one of those Ws, til i correct my brain and remind it that it’s not a wellesley W. i guess it’s because, besides these faux-wellesley decals, i have yet to see a single non-southern decal during my seven months here. did no one here leave the tri-state? no one?