Dy’s Deep Thoughts: Minivan Stick Family Bumper Stickers



Happy 2016!

Welcome to Dy’s Deep Thoughts

Every month I plan on writing about my deep thoughts in the tradition of Saturday Night Live’s Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey. For a glimpse of the Handey thought process, which is about as deep as the edge of a piece of tissue paper, please watch this:

I’ve been meaning to write about stick figure bumper stickers for months, but I kept putting it off as I wasn’t ready to go on record with my innermost feelings.

However, after spending all day Wednesday driving home along busy highways chock full of minivans, I kept spotting these uber-sticky bumperstickers.

It seemed providential that I take some time to share my theory today. 

I admit that this post is quite controversial. Future Dy’s Deep Thoughts pieces won’t be quite as contentious. (At least I think they won’t be.) But seriously, I hope not to offend any of you who happen to own a minivan or a Maserati sporting a stick figure family bumpersticker. I’ll still follow your blog! And I promise to continue liking and commenting on your posts! 

We can agree to disagree just this once. Yes?

My viewpoint is fairly simple. (Which means this post might actually be brief!)

The first time I spotted this:


It seemed like the driver was bragging, i.e.

Oh, look at me – I have this big family; I’m so special. Not to mention I have a Range Rover that’s worth $84,000!!!

The Church Lady said it all:


A more macabre thought came to mind: what if a family that lost a child saw this bumpersticker? Isn’t it heartless to display this image to other drivers who have children who died? I think it’s beyond obnoxious. Eventually I’d come across a minivan that had “R.I.P.” at the top of one of the children stick figures. I felt terrible for them, but I thought it was beautiful that they memorialized their child. That was one bumpersticker I could accept with open arms because of the parents’ wish to always remember their little one.

Apart from a memorial sticker, by now it’s clear that I find this trend to be utterly obnoxious. It turns out that many others agree with me, and there are some hilarious (including some extremely ribald) parodies of these stickers.

For a giggle and to marvel at the creativity that’s out there in the world, I advise that you do a Google image search using terms images of stick figure bumper stickers and  images of zombie stick figure bumper stickers

Recently I wrote about finally watching Game of Thrones as well as discovering the hilarious recap series Gay of Thrones by Jonathan Van Ness. I thought it would be entertaining to create a Game of Thrones-themed stick figure family bumper sticker.

For those of you unfamiliar with the show, Game of Thrones contains graphic, medieval-style scenes in which entire families of various “Houses” are dispatched. But it has appeared that someone else beat me to it! I’ll spare you the gory images – you can find them easily enough on your own…

At least I’m not the only one who feels this way.

images-2I’m pleased that Grumpy Cat and I share the same sentiment!

See you next week when I’ll be writing about subjects such as bipolar disorder and perinatal mental health, but today was the day for a levity break. I hope you all have a good weekend!!!

Love, Dyane

Dyane’s memoir Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder with a foreword by Dr. Walker Karraa (author of Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth) will be published by Post Hill Press in 2017.