I’ve been reading a lot of posts lately about the rules of interacting with strangers or passerby’s. When did this become so dang complicated, I wonder…
I remember growing up, my parent’s said hello to everyone. It usually went beyond a hello to a how are you, to which my Mom would reply, “Finer than frog hair!” or “Could be a lot worse!” or, when I was in town visiting, “I’ve got my baby home, life is great!”
My parents genuinely recognize and acknowledge people they come in contact with on a daily basis while running their small businesses. They appreciate their patronage, and their kindness creates an attractive energy that keeps people coming back. Therefore it’s not uncommon to see them talking with people often, both friends and customers.
When I met Country Man, I remember riding around with him in his brand new pickup, the one he bought right before we met. He was so darn proud of that pickup, and I couldn’t understand it at the time. Who cares this much about a pickup, I thought? It wasn’t until later that I realized that man worked hard for his pickup, to make monthly payments. How could a girl with a car bought by her parents ever understand this? Well, I understand it now, in the real world.
During the many times out driving the country roads where he lived, I noticed he would lift his finger up from the steering wheel to wave at passerby’s. Some he knew, some he didn’t. I asked him why he waved at everyone? Maybe half of the drivers waved back. I recall him saying something like, why shouldn’t I wave?
Now I am learning… maybe waving or smiling or reaching out to people has no immediate reward, no personal gain. Some might even question your intentions, subconsciously throwing up a wall of protection.
But I don’t want to worry about that stuff. I’m just going to do it; stop questioning it…
…and trust that no matter the reaction, deep inside, it was a blessing to another’s soul.
So, how are you? Me, you ask? Well, I am just finer than frog hair now that you mention it!
*Photo from January. It hasn’t snowed yet!