Traffic Sign Hymns

Our eldest son, ID, has a curious fascination with road signs. Although his Japanese in general matters is still rather rudimentary, he knows the official names of most of the signs on the page below. He carries this book with him everywhere, always open at this page.

We are wondering how he will cope when he starts nursery school next year. Although he won’t be able to manage “Hi, my name’s ID and I’m 3 years old”, he will fluently spout off, “Overtaking prohibited! Pedestrian crossing ahead. Caution: road narrows.”

His obsession has recently reached a new level. After church one Sunday, Nicewife overheard ID singing a hymn-like tune interspersed with the official names of traffic signs. He finished with “Amen”.

It seems that traffic signs have now officially become a religion.

traffic signs


5 thoughts on “Traffic Sign Hymns

  1. Gill

    So, So cute. Reminds me of L when he was little. His obsession was knowing all the types of cars on the road and the ever important – Red light stop, Green light GO !!!

  2. Gill

    Well, no, they don’t grow out of this type of obsessive hunger for learning, they just exchange one passion for another one. Sorry! But it is a good thing. L went from cars to the birds of Scotland (the names and drawing of) to history books for the young, to Egyptian mythology, reading (always), learning Egyptian hieroglyphics, med. science, languages, … Now he has finally finished Honours Classics (only to be planning to do more study in classics!). He is 25! Basically, you are in for lots of interesting fun and I’m sure H will prove to be just as much fun too.

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