But then we started noticing people waving at us. Oh no something is wrong with the truck, is there a broken strap hanging? No. Is there a flat tire? No. Maybe The hood of one of the cars is blown up and is hanging on buy its hinge? Not that either. Then we really started to watch the people and EVERYONE was waving.
The crusty old farmer in a tank top, a soccer mom in a minivan, amish kids on a horse and buggy, and even the construction workers wave as you rolled by. Our favorite is the one finger wave from a passing vehicle headed the other direction. The hands never leave the steering wheel and the index finger pops up in a friendly gesture. What do these one finger waves mean?
Drive any length of time on the East Coast...Philadelphia, Baltimore, or Washington DC and you'll get plenty of one finger waves from other drivers. And, they all mean something! An unspeakable act that is really hard to do while driving. The East Coast one finger wave often comes from some guy in a late model Audi that can't believe you are driving the speed limit. What is it with those driving Audi's? But, that's another conversation. The East Coast one finger wave clearly means I don't like you.
But on a flat lonely road lined with cornfields in Western Ohio the one finger wave says welcome, hang in there, or have a nice day. And it's a friendly wave, even while doing the speed limit.
On this day we didn't notice any one finger waves from Audi drivers, but we suspect they don't live around the cornfields of Ohio.