Monday, February 23, 2009

Friendly Wave

Dear Reader (is it too soon to address you as Good Manners Fan?),

Tonight I write you about something that always irks the Good Manners Family: The Friendly Wave.

Well, actually it's really the Lack of Friendly Wave that irks the Good Manners Family.

Good Manners Dad got the Good Manners Daughters started on it, because he is always, shall we say "disappointed," when 9 out of the 10 people he lets out at a difficult left hand turn just outside of our neighborhood merrily drive off with no acknowledgement of his courtesy.

Why is that, we wonder? Are we invisible, we wonder? Does the driver think it was a miracle after waiting long minutes for a break in the traffic, we wonder? Doesn't he (or she) realize that she (or he) would not have gotten out except for Good Manners Dad?

But, I have to tell you what's great about Good Manners Dad: He may be "disappointed" 9 out of 10 times, but he will still let that driver out in traffic each and every time he sees someone stuck. The Good Manners Daughters routinely ask "Where's our Friendly Wave?" each and every time it doesn't happen, and we all have a good chuckle. (Okay, and sometimes maybe we "boo" the other driver, depending on how clueless he or she was.)

But we give a big Good Manners Family cheer when, that 1 time in 10, we get thanked with the Friendly Wave!

(And, hopefully the Good Manners Daughters are learning from Good Manners Dad that although they may not always get a thank you, they should still do things the right way.)

Looking forward to blogging again soon,


1 comment:

  1. What a great idea! I have the same problem when driving - not sure if people are just too preoccupied or just afraid of making eye contact!!