Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 16, 2017
May simple wave from your car lead to more friendliness

It happened as I was driving down a quiet country road. I didn’t know a soul. It was all right, because I felt insulated inside my car. There was an approaching car just ahead. I looked straight through my windshield and caught the eyes of the other driver as he was about to pass. Then it happened.

The other driver lifted two fingers off his steering wheel and offered a friendly wave. I was shocked and didn’t know how to respond. I drove on toward the land I had recently purchased.

I remember thinking to my self, “Do I know him?” Then my thoughts went further, “I wonder what he wants?”

I drove on. Another car approached. I looked straight through my windshield and caught the eyes of the other driver as he was about to pass. It happened again!

The other driver lifted two fingers off his steering wheel as a friendly wave. I drove on. I wondered and wondered, until I had completed the construction of my new home and it had become a common occurrence for me to wave back.

That was 22 years ago. I have continued to drive on the same country roads through these many years now. A few days ago, there was an approaching car ahead. I looked straight through my windshield and caught the eyes of the other driver as he was about to pass.

The other driver didn’t lift two fingers from the steering wheel. It saddened me. I drove on and wondered until I had completed the construction of an idea to restore what was lost.

I decided I’d needed to solve the problem by changing myself.

As I drive down a country road to and from the house I live in, and pass approaching cars, I look straight through my windshield and catch the eyes of the other driver as he is about to pass.

Then it happens.

I lift two fingers off my steering wheel as a friendly wave. It is a small gesture of kindness. I’m sure the other drivers don’t know how to respond. But, I hope it will become a common occurrence for them to wave back.

It’s a start. And hopefully it will ignite a new wave of friendliness throughout our community.

Lynn Butterfield lives in Erda and is a managing broker for a real estate company.

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