Sprinkle No. 32

The weather is warming and more and more people are out and about.
The other day I was driving home and I passed an elderly gentleman walking on the side of the road.
I honked my horn (lightly) and gave him one of those quick waves from the top of my steering wheel.

His response was over-the-top delightful.
He looked up with this huge smile and waved enthusiastically back.

Trey was with me and we both laughed out loud, while experiencing one of those emotional rushes that confirms you have done a good thing.

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Your *sprinkle* this week is to WAVE.

Go out of your way to wave. Some people won’t wave back, but most people will.
Some people will look utterly confused, but most will instantaneously respond with one of those “we’re all part of the human family” waves.

This week: Wave and be waved!
And, if you encounter something you’d like to share, leave me a comment.



  1. Living in a small town (technically a village) I wave all the time to people. No, I don’t always know them and yes they usually wave back. It’s a quick little smile for your heart.

  2. I have found that in Great Britian this is customary. When we have traveled there we find that just about everyone we passed on the road would wave and find this such a charming and friendly custom.
    I also love to say hello to people while I’m out sitting on the front patio. Some say hello back while others look at me like I’m a bit off in the head. That’s okay, their loss!

  3. I am a waver in general. I think it’s because I grew up in a small town and you waved because everyone knew everyone. :) It’s carried over even though I’m in a big town and I don’t know most people.

    I have been saving your posts in Google Reader so I can do these things, but I would love to have a book of them. :) I love the positivity you like to share! :))

  4. Stacy,
    Here in the South, this is our way of life! Keller actually asked me a couple years ago, “why do we wave at people we don’t know?”!!! “We might know them someday”, I answered. Here in south GA, we wave as we pass people even in their cars in the neighborhood or backroads, when we pass each other or ride by….when we pass people walking…or when we are both walking. It’s just how we do things. We say “hey, y’all” and wave and eat grits!


  5. Christine H says:

    I live in mid-MO, more rural than city. We call it the two fingered country wave. Your hand doesn’t really leave the steering wheel. You just lift up your first two fingers whenever you pass anyone. Everyone waves back (except for the lady down the road that walks 3 miles, twice a day, every day no matter the weather…..I think she must just be waved out!) I want to see more people making eye contact and saying “hello.” More connecting, less eyes to ground.

  6. Jessica says:

    That’s so funny that you are thinking of waving. Last summer, we moved to Iowa from Arizona. In Arizona, people don’t really wave very often, unless it’s to someone they already know. We thought it was so bizarre in Iowa that people actually stop mowing their lawns to wave to a complete stranger driving down the street! On our very first drive around town, there must have been at least 20 wavers, and we were laughing by the end. We were on a walk the other day and my 2 year old waved to everyone we passed, saying “hi, hi, hi”. Of course, they all waved back with big smiles. My husband and I looked at each other and said – our son is an Iowan!! We’re moving to Utah this summer- I guess I’ll see if they are wavers over there. :-)

  7. In our neighborhood, lots of people park their cars in the street. Often, one driver will have to pull over and wait if there’s a car coming from the other direction at the same time. I find it very neighborly to wave if the person coming from the other direction has waited for me…to me, it’s an acknowledgement that they were being courteous. They always wave back! If I’m the one waiting for an oncoming car, I appreciate the wave acknowledging my courtesy. It’s so much nicer than those people who fly through the neighborhood assuming everyone will give them the right of way…I also like to wave at other neighbors out exercising, especially elderly folks walking alone. To me, waving is right up there with good manners!

  8. Whitney says:

    I had to laugh when I read this. At my job, I do the banking, and each day when I would go to the bank, I would pass several factory workers enjoying the sunshine, sitting on a bench by the stop sign. The way my schedule timed out, it was during lunchtime. Some would waive and some would not, but I always waived. Well, apparently, I sent the wrong impression, since one young man noticed where I worked (he recognized the car in the parking lot), and left me a note, asking me out. I got a good chuckle out of it, considering that I am not only very happily married, but that I was also 5 months pregnant at the time! I’m sure he had no idea!

  9. {vicki} says:

    I’ve always been a big “WAVER”—if someone waves at me I ALWAYS wave back—-
    Matter of fact that’s how I met my husband….

    I was pumping gas and he drove by and waved—I waved back—he turned around, came back and introduced himself….That’s how we met.

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