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Most days I drive to work on a not too busy road along the edge of a large suburb. For part of the drive, there is a trail (we used to call them sidewalks) along the road. A couple of months ago I began to see a person (not sure if it is a woman or man, but I think he is male) walking along the trail and he waved at me. I really don’t know anyone in this city, so I was a little startled. Day after day, as I started to watch for him, I noticed he waved at all the cars. The speed limit is 55 on this road, so he’s a little hard to spot (especially in these dark mornings), but I started waving back. I don’t know if he can see me waving, but I do it anyway. I’m not sure it matters to him if anyone waves back.
Many thoughts crowded in — was he a little looney, a little lonely, or just wanting to acknowledge his fellow human beings. After all, only humans wave (except maybe for some dogs). I think we need to remember that it is the little things that make a difference to us as humans. The soft touch on your arm when you are grieving, the hugs you give to your loved ones, a smile, a kind word, a wave of the hand. Those are the things that make us feel loved and wanted as fellow travelers in this crazy society.
Today he was wearing a Santa Suit. I’m still smiling.Published in