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What is a sign According to Merriman Webster it is a posted command warning direction or a display used to identify a business However there is another definition that more accurately tells that a sign represents a conventional meaning that can represent a complex notion A sign like anything can gain a sentimental value and take on in a repurposed form a complete different meaning that was not initially intendedIn my room there is an old railway station sign that hangs over my bed which reads Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Peninsula Station It may look like it has just been converted from being a sign for a destination to just a sign hanging on a teenagers wall as decoration but whenever I look at it I am reminded of a different part of my life It used to hang on the main street train station in my hometown of Peninsula Ohio The station was one of the first places my family and I visited when we moved there when I was just a young lad that was just three years of age My father had recently gotten a job on this railway as the chief mechanical officer and the family was just browsing where he would end up working for the next 11 years In fact one of the earliest memories I can recollect is looking up at that train station and seeing that train sign that was now hanging in my room hanging majestically on the side of the building that would That railroad sign as it turns out would be a constant reminder of both the best and worst times in my so far brief existenceI like most boys at the time was interested in trains Watching Thomas the Tank Engine A television show about a talking train on the mythical Island of Sodor was what started a fascination with trains that was second to none My love for trains was exacerbated by
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