Photo courtesy of Craig Michaud
A Good Sign: Nashua Men Say Don’t Worry Be Happy
NASHUA — If you're looking for something to brighten your day, head downtown and these two men will do just that.
As you pass the monument at the top of Main Street on Sunday mornings, you will see Greg Amaral, a kitchen designer, and Wendell Walker, a dental hygienist, doing what they can to make the world a little brighter.
No, they are not protesting, or campaigning or nagging. They are there to remind you that you deserve to be happy.
For the past couple of weekends, the two have been holding signs with positive messages addressed to those driving by.
The messages Amaral and Walker want to share are that you can do anything, you can be anyone, you can be happy, and its your choice.
"We just thought, 'what would we want to see that would brighten our day?'" Amaral said.
Craig Michaud, the photographer who took the photo, witnessed people cheering and honking in support of the messages Amaral and Walker were spreading.
"It had to be shared," Michaud said. "I knew that it wasn't going to get out there if I didn't take a picture. They deserve the recognition."
Michaud runs a Facebook group called Nashua,NH-Past,Present, and Future where he posted the picture to help spread the word. He even tagged Mayor Jim Donchess who shared the photo on his own Facebook.
"We want to be a city of kindness," said Donchess, "I and a lot of others appreciate them spending their free time do this and for putting a smile on our faces."
As for what would be on the Mayor's positive sign? Donchess said it would say, "Nashua: a city of kindness."
The idea for the positive signs came about during a conversation between Amaral and Walker, who want to have a more direct positive influence in their community.
So off to the craft store they went and soon enough their debut came along on Easter.
"It was a field of dreams moment," Amaral said. "The church bells were ringing and everything."
Amaral told NH1.com that the response to their posters has been overwhelmingly positive. People honk and wave when they see the signs.
"It's just been an outpouring of beautiful people," he said.
The duo welcomes anyone that would like to bring their own positive message at the corner of Amherst Street, Main Street and Concord Street from 8:30-11 a.m. Sundays.