With all of the focus on going back to school, it reminded me of a photo date that I had with my friend back in May. You see, in our area, there are two related traditions that involve spray paint. The first: High school seniors paint their names on a rock wall that is located outside of the high school. No one considers it vandalism. No one calls the police. Most people stop to see if there’s anyone they recognize and lower classmen look forward to their turn on the wall. It certainly adds a pop of color to the scenery!
The second is located a few miles outside of town. It’s called “Painted Road” or “Spray Paint Road” (depending on which generation you ask). It is a secluded country road that runs along the base of Line Mountain. There you will find approximately 2 to 3 miles of road filled with spray painted names and symbols. It’s kind of like a right of passage to have your name on the road. A lot of kids head out there when they finally have their driver’s licenses and “mark their territory”.
Both traditions have been going on forever and have become a part of our kids histories. I like traditions. I like creating memories. I like that people around here see it as fun. And I like to drive down Painted Road and remember a time when my friends and I pulled over to the side of the same road, got out and marked our territory. I marked mine red. 🙂