prudence on the road / 信号は守ろう

December 18, 2012

1957italy002

7 August 1957, Italy
Road Safety Campaign
designer: R. Mura

I have seen two cars ignore the red traffic light and went over it, in one day…  Even when we are living through a hectic December and dealing with all the things that this festive season brings , we really need to at least appreciate the traffic lights for the sake of other people’s safety!

Earlier this month I encountered a number of attractive Italian stamps for the first time, at a nice philately-shop in Milano.  Only because I had not seen good ones before, I thought that most Italian stamps were boring – but I was wrong.  This simple yet strong stamp tells me that I should get rid of my prejudice and visit local stamp shops anywhere I am able to.

先日ロンドンの街中を歩いていて、たて続けに2度も、信号を無視して交差点を走り抜けていく傍若無人な運転者を目撃し、唖然。12月は何かと気が急いて落ち着かないけれど、だからこそ、他者の安全を尊重して信号ぐらい守ろうよ、、、と思ったのでした。

「路上では慎重に」と呼びかけるこのイタリアの切手は、ミラノの切手商で見つけました。最近の切手だけ見てイタリアの切手はつまらない、、と思っていたけれど、古いものに素敵なのがたくさんあることを発見。このすっきりと強い赤信号切手は「偏見を捨てて、小さな切手商が蓄えているお宝を丁寧に見て歩こう」という自分への教訓です。

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: