Do you wave back?

United States
January 3, 2008 9:59pm CST
If someone waves will you wave back? I generally do, even though it's not always meant for me, lol. My distance vision isn't so good, so I can't always make out who it is if they're in the distance, so I usually wave back in case it's someone I know. Occasionally I have been embarrassed when the wave was for someone near me, but I'd rather wave back than not acknowledge the greeting. What do you do?
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@SachseMom (450)
• United States
4 Jan 08
I do just because I live in the country and everyone waves at everyone!
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• United States
13 Jan 08
Hi SachseMom! I've noticed and always wondered about that. I always wondered if people were checking out who was driving thru their neighborhood or just being friendly, but I always wave back then too. :)
@suehan1 (4356)
• Australia
4 Jan 08
i had to laugh at this.i am short sighted also.nowadays i always wave if people wave.i was caught out a few years ago when someone said to me,your such a snob i waved at you the other day and you just kept on walking.the truth is i did not see them at all.cheers sue
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@kdhartford (1152)
• United States
4 Jan 08
I generally do. I think that whenever someone goes out of their way to be friendly, we should at least return the favor. I do feel a little put out when I talk to someone and they don't talk to me, but hey I'm a big boy...I can take a little rejection.
@roberten (3134)
• United States
4 Jan 08
It depends on who is waving at me. Sometimes I do if I feel the waver is being courteous. Waving to the wrong people has brought me unfortunate responses in the past.
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@BarBaraPrz (16356)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 Jan 08
I'll usually wave, too. After all, I'm one of those friendly Canadians. ;o) This summer, I went on a horse-drawn wagon ride through city streets as part of a local festival, and people were watching us as we went by, so I started waving (like the Queen) and people started waving back. At the very least, it put a smile on their faces.
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• United States
13 Jan 08
And yours too, I imagine. :D
@Sissygrl (10999)
• Canada
4 Jan 08
If i dont know who the waver is, then i dont wave back.. I know that might be mean, but i dont have good distance vision either, and i'd rather say later on omg i didn't see you then have the person waving to the person behind me and i wave lol. That would embarrass me beyond believe lol. But if i dont wave back and i see the person later and they said HEY i waved to you the other day and you didnt' wave back, i can just say oh CRUD! I didn't see you i'm FREAKING BLIND MAN! ;)
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@miss_elt (17)
• United States
4 Jan 08
I, for one, always wave back. I am a happy person and I always go out of my way to get a smile on someone elses' face. My son and I used to wave at everyone we passed on the way to school in the morning. You would be surprised at the reactions we would get from people. Most people would wave back. Some would ignore the wave. I think it is a good idea to wave at people. One person, a few years ago, came up to me at the grocery store. They said they had been watching my son and I passed by her every morning with a smile on our faces and a wave. She then proceeded to tell me she had been in a very deep depression for several months and had considered taking her own life. But seeing us every morning changed her mind.You see you never what trail you leave behind you as you pass by. Smile!!!!
• United States
13 Jan 08
Hello and welcome to MyLot miss_elt. This is very true. I'd much rather leave a positive trail than a negative one. :)
• United States
13 Jan 08
Dear paidreader, thank-you so much for your kind words. I am new and I am learning all the tricks and such to be on mylot.
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@metschica25 (5409)
• United States
10 Jun 08
If i am not feeling too shy i will and do for the most part . sometimes when i am in a crowd i will see someone wave and not know if they are waving to me . Sometimes, i just will feel silly because i waved and it wasnt meant for me . If i know for sure they are waving i will wave back.
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• United States
10 Jun 08
It is embarrassing when you wave and it wasn't meant for you.
@GardenGerty (87799)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Jan 08
I wave and smile, then duck and turn red if it turns out not to be for me. That happens to me quite often.
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• United States
15 Jan 08
LOL. If it wasn't meant for you, it was probably a stranger so they'll never know your embarassment beyond that moment. If it was a friend, then they should be the one to return your wave. :)
@SViswan (12095)
• India
5 Jan 08
I generally don't wave back unless I am sure the wave was directed to me. If a stranger waved, I would first look around to make sure it was directed at me. BUt some kids just love to wave from a car or bus and then I do wave back.
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• United States
13 Jan 08
LOL, kids on the bus are always waving. Even when I'd be stuck behind one on my way home I'd wave back. :)
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
13 Jan 08
i will if i know the person is waving at me, if i'm not sure i won't b/c i don't want to look like an idiot waving at someone who's not waving at me! lol
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8 Jan 08
Normally I don't. I'll either smile or say "Hi" if I can. I do sometimes wave, but I'm not really into doing it, unless it's my son. I hate waving most of the time because it looks silly. least to myself, others like fine. ~Joey
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@CORDALE (868)
• United States
5 Jan 08
I actually enjoy waving at people. and yes sometimes it isnt meant for me but i still wave. the gesture alone is friendly and we all could use a wave every now and then
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• United States
4 Jan 08
I always do. Im sure I have made a million people wonder what I am waving at but I figure it is always good to spread a little nice around. The world could use a lot more nice. I wave at every car that drives by my house when I am out side.
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
4 Jan 08
OH yeah. I wave back. ANd yes I've found myself a bit embarrassed a few times when the original wave was not for me, but hey, like you say better than to not wave and find out it was for us after all:)
• United States
4 Jan 08
of course i wave back! anyone that doesn't is a big old jerk. and you can tell them i said so.
@cutepenguin (6458)
• Canada
4 Jan 08
I usually smile, because sometimes I'm not sure if they are waving at me or maybe at someone behind me.
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• Canada
4 Jan 08
if i see them, and if they are not some stupid pervert!
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@argie713 (1809)
• Philippines
4 Jan 08
I really do not wave back unless I'm sure that I know the person. It's really embarrassing to wave back when the wave wasn't for you in the first place. I'm really a snobbish person and a friend who really knows me and had his or her wave not returned would surely understand.
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@aconites (770)
• United States
29 Jan 08
i allways wave back i think its by nature i do it lol