We all know how stressful and rushed the holidays can get. But why is it the impatient and rude people multiply in December?
Today, as Jeff was driving through a mall parking lot -- Lucy and I were along for the ride -- he stopped to let a woman make a left hand turn in front of us. This is not one of those 'she cuts him off and he slows down' moves. This was an actual 'foot on the break, wave her on' moment. She makes her turn with the biggest scowl I've ever seen and absolutely no thanks for my husband's gentlemanly behavior -- no wave, no mouthed thank you. Nada. Nothing. Zilch.
(Hey lady, might want to knock off the nasty face or you'll be looking at a little Botox sooner than you'd like.)
Anyway, this 20 seconds of time was the catalyst for a full-on conversation between Jeff and myself. I grew up in Massachusetts, where they might be crazy drivers, but they always give 'the wave' when another lets them go first or slows down so they can get into the lane. In fact, I always make sure when I change lanes on the freeway not to give the wave too early or else they won't actually see it. I am possibly even guilty for waving too hard and too long. The wave is very important in the land of Massachusetts. Of course they'll also flip you off just as fast if you cut them off but that's another story.
But in California? I get the wave like one out of every twenty times (if that) I yield to another car. Why is that? Is it not in the CA book of etiquette? Now I've lived in this beautiful state for almost 14 years and I have met some of the nicest people I've ever known. So what's up with the general lack of acknowledgment on the road, people?
So what I want to know is... do you do 'the wave'? And is it customary for those who live in your state (or country, for those reading from afar) to give the wave on the roads?
Please. Do tell.
PS: Had to include the photo to show you what adorable and courteous drivers actually look like.