Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Columbia Walmart Supercenter
Open 24 Hours
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Waving - A Forgotten Gesture?
Chuck Hinman: Waving - A Forgotten Gesture? Chuck asks, "Are people too sophisticated or private to wave? Is it a sissy habit that needs to go?"
Next earlier Chuck Hinman column - Shoo Fly!
By Chuck Hinman
Waving - A Forgotten Gesture?
When little ones are still "arm babies," one of the earliest things they are encouraged to do is "wave bye-bye." Ooh, everyone coos, isn't that adorable! Mercy!
Is that in your memory bank? It wasn't a difficult thing for our kids to learn, and did it ever go over big? Of course, there is a time limit on how long it is cute. You expect your kids to move on as the years pass.
But there is a place for waving after you leave babyhood that I believe is becoming an endangered gesture of the good old days. Let me explain.
Farming activity and waving at passing traffic
I grew up on a farm in southeast Nebraska. Land was laid out on the township and range grid so there was a road at each mile marker. There were approximately four homes to a square mile. I mention that to show that even in the 1920's and 1930's there was considerable traffic on country roads, albeit no Walmart trucks.
Let me set the picture a little clearer. We lived in the part of Nebraska where farm land was mostly tilled, not grazed. That meant farmers worked their fields with horse-drawn machinery and later tractors. There was farming activity all over the countryside many months out of the year.
Collie dog's bark joins Chuck's friendly waving
All that I have to say is that when Dad was working in the field and a car went by, he automatically waved whether he knew the people or not. And they waved back. I picked up on what I saw Dad or Mom do and began the practice of waving at an early age.
Not only that, but when a car went by our house and any of our family was in the yard doing something, we always took a minute to wave. Even our collie dog, Sport, got in on this friendly gesture. He would crouch by the roadside to meet and bark at the wheels of a passing car as his way of saying "Hi!" Carrying that a bit further, when we were in our car and met an oncoming car, every member of each car gave a friendly wave to all the members of the other car. Isn't that friendly? Just reminiscing of those days makes me feel good!
Waving is becoming a lost art
Well I haven't lived on a farm for 65 years but I would hazard a guess that waving is becoming a lost art. I wonder, what brought about its demise?
Are people too sophisticated or private to wave? Is it a sissy habit that needs to go? I think not.
Waving still practiced, not planned or staged
I still practice it occasionally -- certainly not on a busy freeway. I don't plan or stage it. It just seems like a normal thing for an ex-Nebraska farm kid to do and I am glad I learned that from my parents, Arley and Merle Hinman.
I would like to see the custom continue.
P.S. No, I never wave at airplanes!
Written by Chuck Hinman. Emailed: Friday, 16 April 2010.
This story was posted on 2013-04-21 01:45:31
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Chuck Hinman - Reminiscences:
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Shoo Fly!
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. What's that smell?
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. It's Spring Again
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Large Gardens - A Lost Art?
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Running Away From Home
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Good Ol' Homemade Chicken And Noodles
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Baby Chicks Time On The Farm
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Ever Read A Telephone Book
Chuck Hinman : It's A Jungle Out There
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Long Johns Weather In Nebraska
View even more articles in topic Chuck Hinman - Reminiscences
Click for Info
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
Columbia in the Movies
from the archives of
Click for Stories
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.