Did you ever notice that? You will wave to a driver that allows you to merge. Or you will wave to a stranger that allows you to cross the street. But you never wave to your neighbors.
Not that I think we should all live in the illusion of Pleasantville in our neighborhoods but it would be nice to at least be cordial and friendly with those that live around us.
I have experience a number of new neighbors in my area in the last year and not one person has waved. Now maybe I have to come to the conclusion that I don’t seem friendly, I don’t know.
But I am out in front of my house all year around doing projects, yard work, shoveling, walking my dog, running and washing my car. There are plenty of opportunities for me to converse with my neighbors but I feel like it is a unspoken rule that you don’t interact unless you HAVE to, like someone’s car is parked in the way or your mailman accidentally gives them your mail.
So instead of worrying so much about “thanking” fellow drivers on the road with a simple wave, I think we need to focus more on waving to those that live around us. After all, they know where we live.