I get all kinds of excited when I discover initials carved into a willow tree, picnic table or sidewalk fence. It’s romantic, yes, but it’s also a reminder that two people wanted the entire world to know that E+M= ♥.
My camera swings around my neck when I’m hiking mountains, exploring neighborhoods, or simply trying a new restaurant. When I spot initials, I have a ‘this is why I lug my camera around’ moment and snap snap snap away at the design.
I’m smitten with simple gestures to public display affection, but, for all that sentiment, I’ve never left my own mark. Perhaps more tellingly, it’s never even crossed my mind that I would spend time etching and scratching JP2=♥ .
But why not? I suppose the politically correct response is that I don’t want to deface public property or damage natural resources. The more honest answer, however, is that I’m too busy taking pictures.
Which makes me wonder: is carving initials into trees and sidewalks and benches a thing of the past? Has our public declaration of love moved onto Instagram and Facebook, or are there still sweethearts securing sharpies to tell the world they feel?
Have you ever carved your name somewhere?