Friday, August 31, 2007

Off to a Good Start

Every morning we take K to the commuter train station.

The station entrance is across the street from the actual platform so K has to cross an open air bridge to get to the train.

When we pull out of the station we can see him on the bridge while we wait to merge into traffic and make our way to daycare.

Every morning, without fail, K stands on the bridge waiting to see our car.

When he sees us he waves like mad without regard for the attention it attracts from other light rail customers or the traffic below.

The Mayor, The Rooster and I wave back at him and yell,

"We love you, Daddy! Have a good day at work."

During this daily ritual our car sits right next to a bus stop and our waving often attracts the attention of the people waiting for the bus.

This morning there was a crowd of teen aged boys standing there.

The teenagers were decked out in trendy hip hop clothes. Their hats were on backwards and crooked, their pants hung low and their shirts were long and over sized.

They were looking cool and working it.

They were facing the commuter bridge and noticed K waving. Curious, they turned to see where his waves were directed.

And there we were... three doofuses waving wildly in our craptastic automotive wonder vehicle.

The hip, cool teenagers, without missing a beat, broke out in wild grins and waved like crazy at The Mayor, The Rooster and I.

It's amazingly simple, and yet so easy to forget, how giant dorky smiles and big doses of genuine friendliness bring us together.

I know you can't see me, but I'm smiling like a fruitcake and waving at you.

Pass it on, pass it on, pass it on.



83 comments:

Pgoodness said...

*waving right back atcha!!*

What a lovely start to the day!

kristen said...

Ah, yes, the day is going to be a good one, I can tell...

Circus Kelli said...

*smiling like a loon and waving the flappy-wrist wave right back at ya!*

I *love* this post. :)

Jen said...

Was that story supposed to make me cry? Because it did. The hormones might be playing a part but that's still an awesome story.

Super B's Mom said...

Love it.

Throw ya hands in the air and wave em like ya just don't care..

Shannon said...

Teenagers have always been misunderstood. They like smiles and waves just like the rest of us dorks.

Plus they probably thought you were a MILF.

Mary Alice said...

It's funny how many assumtions are made about teenagers until you actually have them. They are just our former preschoolers trying on bigger clothes and personalities!

urban-urchin said...

ditto what mary alice said- deep down teenagers are people too.

what a sweet story- thanks!

Aliki2006 said...

I loved that story! I was steeling myself for some sad tale about the depravity of youth but I was overjoyed to find it go the other way!

TZT said...

That is an awesome story, told well.

My son was one of those extra smiley babies - I think I made up new errands to run with him because I loved watching him crack some of the coolest, saddest and angriest looking faces into giant smiles and goofy talk. Yay for all of our inner goobs!

*waving*

WILLIAM said...

Hey...When I "see" you waving to me...why is your middle finger extended?

NotSoSage said...

Well, okay. But I'm a little reserved, so I'm going to the Queen's wave. With my little pinky out, just in case some tea comes my way.

I love the way my daughter can connect with teenagers in a way that I no longer can because I am seen as the other. 'Cause, you know, I'm a parent and all.

Em said...

Imagine me waving at you and smiling like a big dork! :>

Jenn said...

Waving like a maniac from Michigan.

"Bye. Love ya. Have a nice day".
Those were the words I spoke every morning leaving the house for school to my Mom.

There isn't a morning that I don't think those words, even to this day.

Platforms and waving fan clubs? Yep, that's the stuff life is made of. The stuff that makes life.

Serina Hope said...

*Waving back*
Great story. Sometimes I think adults forget that when they were teenagers they were misunderstood and a bit odd as well.

JoeinVegas said...

Will we soon be seeing photos of you, not butt in dress but pants almost to your knees and whale tale waving to us? Need to keep in fashion.

pinks & Blues Girls said...

It's nice when too-cool-for-words teenagers actually act like human beings.

Jane, Pinks & Blues Girls

stephanie said...

This is what I live for as an alternative HS teacher - these joyous moments with "tough" kids. I love helping them see that this kind of behavior is the real cool in the world. Sometimes you have to wait a long time and watch hard; I'm glad you were able to do that.

Thanks for sharing. I'm in notsosage's camp, so here's a demure smile & wave from Washington state. Passing it on...

Moi said...

I am totally jumping up and down and waving like a crazy person right back atcha.

Bon said...

mmm...tasty fruitcake.

you do that for me many days, you know Jess...make me smile by waving virtually with your posts. today especially, thinking of those cool kids.

thanks. it matters.

Lawyer Mama said...

I'm waving right back at you, Jess! With a big cheesy grin on my face!

slouching mom said...

I lovelovelove this story so much. It made my heart sing.

Did I mention that I love it?

Gingers Mom said...

That was sweet. Waving back at you, fruitcake...mmmmmm....cake......

shaz said...

haha, cute! I love it when these things happen!

Taste Like Crazy said...

Thanks for the smile. :)

CamiKaos said...

I think I'm gonna go do some waving and dorky smiling today.

that's really nice

SouthernBell said...

That's a great perspective to share with everyone. Thank you! **WAVE** **grin**

Mimi aka pz5wjj said...

How sweet! Love it when "cool teens" can act dorky too!

Above Average Joe said...

Right back atcha!!

Christina said...

That's awesome. I love how teens aren't immune from goofy silliness, no matter how cool they think they are.

QT said...

yeah, I'm thinking the MILF action didn't hurt.

What a great way to start off the three day weekend!

Hol&J said...

Thanks, I needed that story this morning.

*grinning and waving back*

zellmer said...

Great post. That felt like a scene from a movie. Oh, how I miss train life.

Jackie said...

*waving frantically back*
Thanks, J, I needed that today :-)

painted maypole said...

waving back!

I love when I'm driving down the street and see someone in their car just grinning away. It always makes me smile. Smiles really are contagious!

Rusti said...

I LOVE IT!! We do things like that too in my family - so what if people point and laugh at us sometimes? Most of the time we can at least get a smile out of them, if not a chuckle or full blown laugh! I wanna spread the Joy! (pun intended!) :) **waving and jumping up and down!!**

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

What a lovely lovely way to look at the world.

You are right on sister. :)

(Waving like a big ole goofy girl right back!)

Lisa Milton said...

Amen. We're on board.

NoMommy said...

I have a goofy poster in my office that says, "a friendly smile's always in style"...that goes double for giant dorky smiles. Sending you one your way.

mamatulip said...

I love the mental image I got from this post.

Blog Antagonist said...

I agree with what everyone else says. Teenagers are misunderstood. Sure, they can be monumentally annoying, but mostly, their just kids trapped in almost adult bodies. That was a cute post.

Biddy said...

love it!! my old roomie and i would play a game where we would drive around and if anyone was standing outside, we'd roll the windows down, honk the "friendly" honk, wave frantically, and yell "hiiiiiiiigh" in the highest loudest voice we could muster. if they waved back, you got a point.

Lori at Spinning Yellow said...

Awesome morning ritual, OTJ. Thanks for sharing a good teenage moment (my son is terrified of teenagers - boys, that is, girls, like babysitters, are OK).
I am smiling and waving back!

flutter said...

*waves like a maniac*

imhelendt said...

LOL! Waving right back at you, and doing a dance.

Years ago, we had just moved into this neighborhood. I had spent hours planting our new yard and thrown down a lot of seeds. I'm sitting in living room and I see a squirrel, digging in that garden, eating my newly planted bulbs and seeds. I go tearing out the house screaming BWAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!! And I chase the squirrel all the way across the front yard and up a tree. Then I stand there with a ridiculous, huge grin on my face, thoroughly enjoying the fact that I had gotten the better of the squirrel, when I notice a group of teenage boys across the street staring open-mouthed at me. I grinned wider, waved and they all scattered. I WAS THE NEIGHBORHOOD CRAZY. LOL. Those boys ran every time they saw me walking down the street from that day on. If I came out the house, they went inside. LOL.

slackermommy said...

Awww. I'm feeling warm and fuzzy.

Amanda Y said...

I think of your wonderful silliness often. I remember you talking about dancing at daycare and remind myself not to miss out on the fun of life by being cool. Thanks for reminding me.

Tabba said...

oh, this was awesome....

those kids were awesome.

i really needed this today.

My name is Rima. said...

I would have totally waved back at you, too! Thanks for the pick-me-up. I'll try to pass it on!

Jennifer said...

*waving, waving, waving*

And smiling! What a great story. Sometimes people are so. damn. good.

Omaha Mama said...

I'm smiling and waving right back. HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND OTJ!!!

Nancy said...

::::waving at you :::

Such a nice "teenager story" ... thanks!

meno said...

I'm smiling and jumping up and down and waving.

The teenage boys at our local mall sometimes say "Hello, Lady" to me as i pass, and i smile and say "Hello Men." This makes them grin.

Sue said...

It's the middle of the night here and I'm grinning at you.

:D

Annie W. said...

Sweet!!!
Waving at you all like crazy!!!

Bananas said...

You rock. I love this post.

Kyla said...

Goofy waving. An international language, I think.

Queen Karana said...

Hi! *waves happily while jumping up and down*

L.A. Daddy said...

Being a dork is fun and should be encouraged. Dorkiness has never led to war. You might've gotten beaten up for it, but they probably won't shoot you. Probably.

(Dammit, I like you. I'm going to have to add you to my blogroll. And, here, I was trying to cut down on my reading... sheesh.)

Mimi said...

Oh, that's awesome. I'm always waving like a doofus, too, and Munchkin and I have made loads of new and unexpected friends as a result.

Teenagers. Really, they're just kids, still.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

I love this. When I pick up my girls from their dad's or he leaves my house after dropping them off, the windows are opened, even in the dead of winter, and they scream "BYE DAAAADDDY! SEE YOU NEXT TIME! LOVE YOU!" for about 10 minutes while he waves and then drives off. The neighbors think its cute. It's pretty loud and thankfully no one has complained. It is truly heartfelt from them and that is what's so great..

Amy York said...

Don't you love moments like that?? My favorite way to pass the time on long road trips is waving at strangers driving in cars next to me. And NO, I never show my boobs. Well, almost never.:) But I figure those poor truck drivers get so bored... ;)

Paige said...

I rode the train with K at the end of the day just by pure coincidence. Do you greet him the same way? Just wondering.

moosh in indy. said...

You can't see me but these short arms are totally waving.

motherbumper said...

it contagious, yet less itchy

*wave* *wave* - waving like the lunatic I am!

carrie said...

Oh, I think I wuv you!

Queen of Shake-Shake said...

You're so awesome!

I get dork. I really do.

Kevin Charnas said...

So true...so true.

I'm waving back at ya, baby.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

I am such a dork at heart.....I LOVES me some crazy waving!


I was the kid who was always doing the "honk" sign to the 18 wheelers....you know the pumping motion with your arm going up and down.....GOOD TIMES!

Magpie said...

I love waving at strangers.

Pass it along.

tulipmom said...

Thanks, I too needed this today.

And the world needs more dorks like you.

Shannon said...

Right back at ya!

nell said...

I love love love moments like that!

Jordan said...

Waving, from one dork to another.

This is lovely and I've just linked to it on my blog. I love it!

Mrs. Chicken said...

I really love how you guys love each other.

Lovely, all around.

*waving*

Mommy M said...

You are hilarious!! (I hope you don't mind if I blogroll/link you) I'm new around the blogiverse and am excited to find other mommyblogs which I can relate to.

I look forward to reading more of your stuff!

*long distance internet wave in your direction*

ewe are here said...

Love this.


MF, our 2 year old, says hello to everyone these days, loudly, cheerfully and rather insistently. I'm constantly amazed at all the different types of people we pass that are more than happy to smile and say hello right back at him. Happy kids are rather infectious. ;-)

Fairly Odd Mother said...

It's so easy to forget that teenage boys, even in packs, are still often just sweet little boys. I love this story.

Waving back at your with both hands and a goofy grin.

Alpha DogMa said...

I love it when the cool facade falls away and teens are revert to being themselves. Cos in 10 years they'll be geeks like us.

Mandy said...

a big dorky wave, and foolish grin back at ya! Cause we're moms and that's what we do!

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

I needed this tonight.

Whymommy said...

Waving back!

MiniMarie said...

What a great moment. Kinda puts things back into perspective, doesn't it?