When I was about to go into 3rd grade we moved from Atlanta GA to Tryon NC.   I was so young that I didn’t really have culture shock, but I do remember noticing that people here waved at you in passing cars.    Everyone did it.   So as I got older,  I did it.   When I became a driver, I still did it.   I knew that I rarely knew who was coming at me, it was just an involuntary reaction at that point.

Then I moved away.    People in Florida do not wave, not in the way you would like. (sad face)

In contrast, when I lived in Auburn we had “Hey Day” and it was like being home again.    It made mingling with the other 25,000′ish students seem not so scary.   Remember I’m from here, graduating class 63 (people, not the year)

Hey Day – On January 29, 1985, Auburn reinstated an annual tradition of the Fifties and Sixties called “Hey Day,” a day on which all students wear name tags and say “hey” to everyone they pass. Leaders on campus join forces and pass out name tags to support this tradition and prove that Auburn University has the friendliest campus around.

I love this, this is what I want for our community.   Keeping it neighborly and keeping it friendly, we need to stay this course.   I’m waving again, and I hope you’ll join me



  1. LauraPh
    August 23, 2012 19:06

    I wave!!!!!

  2. Mary Maxwell
    August 23, 2012 20:45

    Love this. I got my second bachelor’s degree at a small university in AL – the University of Montevallo. I got used to saying hi to strangers, waving at strangers etc. Then I visited UA and was walking to my appointment, making eye contact and trying to smile when I suddenly realized they don’t do that here. It was sad.

    I am still in Montevallo – sometimes I am even annoyed by the amount of waving that goes on, but I would not trade it for indifference.

  3. Brooke
    March 17, 2013 09:38

    this is awesome and soooo ssooo true!! We all need to stick together–I’ll hapily wave!!!

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