if a stranger waved to you would you wave back ??

@weemam (13377)
April 6, 2007 11:46am CST
We were out for a drive again today , Hubby and I ( never got lost though today lol )we were going up the motorway to Glasgow and when I looked up at the fly over bridge ,there was a young couple with 2 young children , they children were waving their little hands at the drivers on the motorway , I looked up and waved back at them , My hubby laughed( in a nice way) and said I was an old softy and then he waved too lol , I thought it would have been a shame if they were waving and no one waved back ,I wouldn't want that to happen to my children or grandchildren , Would you have done that? , and if not , than why not xx
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@Connie1013 (1098)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I actually have. My kids wave to people we don't know all the time. There is a man who works for a tax company here in my town. He was been walking up and down the busy intersection in front of the company for the last 6 months. We wave every time we drive by. He looks just like Uncle Sam.
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@weemam (13377)
6 Apr 07
that is so nice . I like to be friendly xx
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• United States
7 Apr 07
i would wave back. it's the nice thing to do
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@weemam (13377)
8 Apr 07
thank you so much txbaby707 for making your first response on my discussion , welcome to My Lot xx
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
6 Apr 07
I would be very surprised if he had waved at me. No, I would not wave back if he had waved at me alone. If he had waved at anyone who passed by, I might waved back as basic courtesy. I am a rather careful person and would not want to find myself ending up in any embarassing or awkward position by being too friendly :P
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@weemam (13377)
6 Apr 07
we were in a car the people with the children were on a bridge , the children waved first , it was sweet xx
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• United States
7 Apr 07
Why would you feel embarrassed or awkward? If you don't know the people then who cares if you look silly!
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• United States
7 Apr 07
It's just a nice gesture!
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
7 Apr 07
I would definitely wave back to someone waving at me, especially kids. When my son was little, waving to people in other cars was often the only thing that made a long trip bearable. He would wave to everyone and especially loved when the truck drivers would honk their horns to him in response.
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@weemam (13377)
7 Apr 07
that is so cute Debs thanks pal xx
@skydancer (1982)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Yes, I do wave back. I live in the same (relatively small) community all my life. It isn't uncommon for people down here to wave at people they don't know just as a friendly gesture. Sometimes we even go so far as to say, "Hi, how ya doin'?" I think it would be rude if I ignored them or didn't acknowledge them... that doesn't mean we become fast friends. It's just an act of kindness.
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@weemam (13377)
7 Apr 07
thank you for the response , I do the same xx
@greengal (4286)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Aww I would have done the same thing wee, in fact I've done it so many times. Back home while travelling by train we cross many small towns and villages, children wave and their face lights up when we wave back. They get all excited and eave harder..hehe! That is a sight to see:) It makes them happy which makes me happy. When kids are waving I definitely wouldn't think twice before waving back:)
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@weemam (13377)
7 Apr 07
Thanks pal then that makes two of us xx
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
6 Apr 07
Hi Weemam I agree I would have waved back as well, Here is another thing I do, If when I am walking down the street and it is not busy, and some one is coming toward me, I will say good morning or good whatever time of the day it is, If I am standing at the bus stop I will comment about the weather as well. Some people do not respond, but I would say that 90% do. and I also include all age groups in my greetings. I know it is a crazy world out there, but little ones have to be taught that there good people as well as the people they have been taught to avoid, If they avoid every one they will and have grown up into the shy and lost all social skills adults that we see today.
@weemam (13377)
6 Apr 07
i do that too robin , i chat ot everyone and i smile to everyone and 99% of them smile and chat back , nice to know we have so much in common xx
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@eemee468 (446)
• Philippines
6 Apr 07
hahahaah! funny thing is that i would've.. in my mind, i wouldn't but when it comes to the real thing, i know i would.. i mean i don't know, but maybe my arms have some kind of an automatic response when someone waves at me, a smile i can ignore...barely..hahahahahaah...but a wave is just irresistable...for me... hahaahahahh!
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@grobust (114)
• India
7 Apr 07
I have experienced this and i waved back to find that some other person behind me was also waving.So,if you don't know the person,i think now on i would look behind first to see if there's no one waving also in case if some adults are waving.But for kids waving at me,i think there's no problem with that,i would also wave back,just for fun :)
• United States
7 Apr 07
It's ok if you wave and they're actually waving to someone else! You shouldn't feel odd about it because if you really don't know them then who cares!! LOL
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@weemam (13377)
7 Apr 07
I don't think it really materes if you know them or not , i think its nice to wave back , but hey! thats me xx
@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Living mostly in rural areas all of my life, this is like natural habit for me. Where I live now, if you DIDN'T wave they'd think something was wrong or out of place. I have lived in large cities, big towns, and small villages. I love the rural life because of the friendliness. As a small child, I remember waving at all of the truck drivers when my mom drove anywhere. Especially on I-75. LOL Crazy kids.
@weemam (13377)
7 Apr 07
crazy adults are nice too lol xx
@dbeast (1498)
• India
7 Apr 07
i always wave at anyone who waves their hands at me.i feel i should return their lovely gesture.well i would feel bad when a person does not return when i wave my hands at them.and i feel it was very nice of both you and your hubby to wave your hands at them.
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@weemam (13377)
7 Apr 07
and it felt nice to do too xx
• United States
7 Apr 07
I do wave at strangers who wave at me. I just think it is human nature to wave back to them. After I wave though I turn to who I am with or ask myself if I am alone, "Do you know that person"? Usually my husband has done work for the person and then I am glad I was friendly towards them.
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@weemam (13377)
7 Apr 07
I think it brightens the day xx
@rx4life (1932)
• United States
7 Apr 07
I grew up in a very small town and everyone waved..it was just the polite thing to do..then I moved to a small city and I always waved at everyone I knew or not..as kids we thought it was a happy response to seeing someone..then I moved to the BIG city..and I still wave at the children or an adult that might need acknowledging..but waving around here gets you paranoid people thinking you are being smart or sassy..or somehow criticizing them...in the area I live in I, of course, do wave at all the neighbors and friends...and when I get those cute little hand waving at me anywhere I wave back and they giggle and wave even more excitedly!!
@weemam (13377)
7 Apr 07
it is a nice feeling isn't it xx
6 Apr 07
I always wave back when I see this as it is nice to acknowledge friendly people, especially when it is children. Living in London it is rare for this to happen!! What we used to do when driving was beep at people walking past and wave. They would automatically wave back thinking they knew us. Then we would see their look of confusion when they realised they didn't know us. Innocent fun I guess!!
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@weemam (13377)
6 Apr 07
I often do this because I think it IS people I know lol well at least they got a wave :) :) xx
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@Transformed (1262)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I figure you might as well wave to people if they wave first. They may just be trying to be friendly, or perhaps thought you were someone else. It is rude to not respond to people when they wave or acknowledge your presence somehow, and you are right to think about your children or grandchildren in that regard, because kids can be so cruel and if your grands or even kids are still in school, they may be the people who don't have people wave back at them when they speak or may be the people to not speak when strangers say hello.
@weemam (13377)
6 Apr 07
If we don't teach our children to do things like this they will never do it and the social skills will just disappear , I know just what you mean , thanks xx
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• United States
6 Apr 07
I would have waved at them also. I think it developes good social skills for the children. I work for a company that has a lot of foreign workers who don't speak English. Many of the people just walk by them as if they were invisible because they can't communicate with them. You'd be surprised how effective a wave can be to these people. You'll see the biggest smile on their faces because someone just tried to communicate with them through a wave. Lloyd
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@weemam (13377)
6 Apr 07
thanks for the response Lloyd thats what I feel to I like to be friendly and welcoming , costs nothing xx
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
6 Apr 07
Oh for a start I am happy that you did not get lost today!! Yes of course when I see children waving I always wave back and it makes me feel good that I could of brighten their day, and if it was my children when they were young then I would of felt good with other drivers doing the same.
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@weemam (13377)
6 Apr 07
Thats exactly what I felt pal xx
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@kynni204 (2031)
• United States
6 Apr 07
Yes I would wave there is no harm in being nice. Especially at a child. A wave and a smile what a nice free gift
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@weemam (13377)
6 Apr 07
I agree with you 100% my friend xx
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@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
6 Apr 07
Yes, I always wave back anytime someone waves at me, reguardless if I know them or not. My thinking is it's just plain common courtsey to wave at someone that is waving at you! It seems so rude to not wave back, I mean how simple is that! And you don't know, that might be all it takes to make someone's day just a little better!
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@weemam (13377)
6 Apr 07
I think so too and thanks for the response
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
6 Apr 07
To me the weekends are made for drives in the country. I find that in town people are in such a hurry to get nowhere. Once out in the country people wave and we always smile and wave back. I think it is the way the whole world should be. It is such a small world and the more people we reach out to in even such a small gesture the better off we will be as a society. So my hats off to you for brightening my day. I also notice when riding the train through peoples yards they all smile and wave and the people in the train wave back. I think it is just a nice part of human nature.
@weemam (13377)
6 Apr 07
me too I love to make friends , xx
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@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
6 Apr 07
If its children waving at me, then I will wave back at them. If its a stranger who's giving me a leery look and waving at me, then I will run...LOL! Seriously, a lot of sickos are waving at me here in my country. That is why I try to avoid going to some unknown places here. :)
@weemam (13377)
6 Apr 07
I hope you would wave back at me charm :) :) xx
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