OPINION: Don’t forget the power of the ‘country wave’

OPINION: To the embarrassment of my nearest and dearest, I have taken on some of the tendencies of my parents - one of which being the "country wave".

I usually only employ the country wave while travelling within about a five kilometre radius of my home, or while fishing.

From an early age I learned it is common courtesy to wave at everyone while you are out on the water, and this rule is observed by most boaties.

On a recent holiday just south of the border, I started waving and saying g'day to every Tom, Dick, and Harry that crossed my path during the morning walk, and I can proudly report that I enjoyed about a 90% reciprocation rate.

It's true, about 10% of people are a bit weird, but I haven't lost hope for them. I fondly remember a bloke we used to call "The King" - an old fella who lived on Whitehill Rd at Raceview - who sat out on his window every afternoon from 3pm to wave at every person who went past.

After a while, The King had everyone waving and smiling.

Which got me thinking; perhaps a little wave every now and then could do something to reduce the tension that we see too much on the roads these days.



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