The Wave

So, I’m just wondering. . . when did the wave go out of style?

No, not the stupid one that people still occasionally insist on doing at Turner Field. You know the one I am talking about. The one that thoughtful, courteous drivers give to one another when they are let over a lane. The one that you give to someone when they leave room for you to pull out into traffic from a parking lot. The one that is rarely seen anymore on Atlanta roadways.

Are we just too busy to give a thank you wave? Are we just entitled to our place in the long lines of traffic, and so we know longer show our thanks to others for their courtesy? I always give the wave, but rarely get one in return these days. I’m just wondering. What happened to the wave? Let’s bring it back. It takes a second and the karma you create in the world will pay off. Maybe that guy that let you in will be heartened by the wave, despite his soul-killing commute, and that little act will keep him from going home and slapping around the kids. Come on. Do it for the children.

5 Comments so far

  1. Maigh (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 8:57 am

    I give the wave, the peace sign and occasionally, two thumbs down…

  2. Cletus (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 9:42 am

    I think it’s the sense of entitlement that everyone has nowadays. Many people tend to think of themselves as the center of the world without much regard for others. I still see the wave occasionally, and I make sure to wave myself.

    Also, I think it’s tough to wave while driving with a cell phone in one hand and a starbucks moccha frappa non-fat half-skim latte in the other.

  3. jonathan peterson (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 2:04 pm

    If you ride a motorcycle you tend to get a quick wave from all other bikers.

    Mini owners and miata owners seem to do the same quite a bit.

  4. Tony Mc (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 11:53 pm

    I still give the wave everyday. And I still hold doors open for women and hold it if a man is going to get there before it closes behind me.

  5. Annie (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 10:59 am

    I’m glad to hear some people are keeping courtesy alive in our busy city. Just wish I would run into more of them.

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