Saturday, November 30, 2013


Nola and I are walking to school, and I’m trying to get her to read the words spelled out on the license plates of the cars parked along the way.
     Understand, most of the plates here in Toronto begin with an A or a B and are prone to a strange insufficiency of vowels; and so, although there aren’t likely many words to be found, the perfect parent is forever alert to a Learning Opportunity.
     “A–Y–R–E,” asks Nola. “What’s that?”
     “It’s what you put in your TYRES!”
     . . .
     I swear, I’m wasting my best material on a six-year-old.

Believe it or not, you can read more stories about license plates here and here. I picked the photos for this story from the extensive collection of Jerry Wood.



  1. What a lovely scene..making words out of number plates remains matter how old!

  2. agree with Jae Rose, this is something I do as I look at license plates anywhere

  3. So funny! I still try to find words in every set of letters, and patterns in numbers. This is a fun entry.

  4. Thanks for your link in above comment to ABC Wednesday - Round 14, wow what an achievement!

  5. Funnily enough, I always "read" words in license plates and "Ayre" in Scotland is where my grandfather was born. Cool post!

    abcw team

  6. I needed ayre in my tyros. Love the whole scene.

  7. Love your style. That's a great comeback!

  8. Can you create your own there like you can here in the US? You see some really creative ones along the road. Sometimes I really can't figure out what they are trying to say.

  9. That ayrie story put a little smile on my face....

  10. Makes me think of the license plate game we played as kids, see who could find a plate with every letter of the alphabet in order. Parents have to have lots of tricks in their bags. - Margy


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