Smiles brought to a neighborhood in Illinois through a joke of the day sign.

I really appreciate the people that live on my block that like to have fun in life. It warms my heart and brings a grin to my face. You know the people I am talking about. They decorate for every holiday. Then, they go the extra mile for the big ones like Christmas and Halloween.

When someone in their family has a special day, they put a sign out front by the street. Of course, I will honk for your grandma's 80th birthday. No matter what time of year it is, their kids are outside playing.

I also like when businesses post funny things on their signs to get the attention of passersby and earn a quick chuckle from customers. The Illinois Tollway will even use humor on their digital boards across the highway.

When I was in college at Illinois State University, I lived in the dorms for my first two years. There was a guy that lived on my floor down the hall. He had a dry erase board on his door and every morning before he went to class, he would write something interesting on it. Many times, it was funny. Sometimes, there was some little known trivia. No matter what, each day on my way out, I would check it out to see what it said.

We have all been spending more time at home. Many people are working and going to school at their house too. There are not too many adventures going on. Maybe, to pick up some curbside or heading to the grocery store. The opportunities to escape from the seriousness of the world are few and far between.

If someone in your immediate neighborhood can bring a little smile to your face, well then, it is a good day. What if they can do it consistently. That is what a family in Illinois did and the people on their block love it.

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"One way of dealing with these changes has been to post a hand-written joke on a dry-erase board at the end of their driveway. Sometimes it's just the smallest thing that makes you have a little bit of hope and makes you feel better about your day. It's been heart-warming to see the reaction the jokes get from people." 

That is such a great idea. I love it. I wish someone did that in my neighborhood.

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