ShatterZone - Marshall, 1981


Marshall, Madison County, NC 1981

for Roger May

I've always wondered about billboards like the one above. Who are Linda and Eddie, and Edward and Tisha? We're invited into their lives, but to what end? We barely know them. What is the message here and what prompted it? What is the story? If it's truly a heartfelt tale of love and family, why is it voiced in such a public venue? And what of the postscript - is it more of an afterthought? And, ultimately, was the message successful? Did Linda keep the faith? Was she convinced of Eddie's love? Were Edward and Tisha left with a feeling of love from their father? Or were they all just words on a sign?