Greetings from Texas. Jolene Navarro here and I’m over the moon excited about joining this fabulous group. I thought for my first post I would introduce myself. Anyone that knows me knows I’m proud to be a seventh generation Texan.
In the truck watching the hill country pass by my window I was thinking about how to introduce myself without putting you to sleep. I thought I could start with giving away my latest project, a collection of Christmas stories (more about that later).
Back to the drive
My husband waved to the truck heading east as we drove west into the setting sun on this curvy back road. He didn’t know the person. He waved because we are travelers sharing the same road.
Growing up it was understood that you greet people as they pass you, even if your paths crossed for just that moment. Didn’t matter if you were walking, jogging, driving or on horseback. You take to time to acknowledge each other. Like a little howdy as you go through your day.
We were raised that being polite, being friendly was a way to show respect.
Another car headed toward us and my husband did the two finger wave again with his hand on the top of the steering wheel. This time I took a picture (That’s what I do).
He, of course shot me a glare and wanted to know what I was up too now.
I asked him if he was taught to do that, the waving to people on the road. He thought about it and said, no. Growing up, his family worked on a ranch between Leakey and Rocksprings, Texas. In the deep hill country where cows out number people about 1000 to 1. It was something everyone did.
I thought about my own childhood. My parents where from the same area in Texas as my husband. I grew up watching my parent’s wave and when I started driving, I in turned waved.
Maybe it had to do with living in the country. You didn’t see many people, so when you did you took the time to say hi.
As a teenager I babysat for a couple from California. They asked me about the waving thing.
They said at first it confused and worried them that people they didn’t recognize waved at them. Why were strangers saying Hi while drive 70 miles per hour down the road?
That was the first time I realized not everyone had the same experiences or expectations. I still smile at people while I’m walking and wave as I drive past you.
Not as many wave back now.
Texas is one of the fastest growing states in the union and maybe people just didn’t grow up waving at strangers. Or maybe we ‘re all in a rush to get somewhere, we forget to enjoy where we’re at and don’t take the time to see the people we are passing on our journey.
So this is me waving at you (along with three of my four kids).
We might or might not know each other yet but you never know when a stranger will become a friend.
So is waving to passing cars a Texas thing or a country thing? Where do you live and do you wave to other drivers on the road?
Oh, and as promised for everyone that takes the time to stop by and say hi, I’ll put your name in a drawing for this great collection of six Christmas novella ebooks that includes: Leah Atwood, Belle Calhoune, Kristen Ethridge, Danica Favorite & Jessica Keller. My story is Forever Christmas Kiss in the Mistletoe Memories: 6 New Inspirational Holiday Romances. If you don’t win you can still get the set for .99 cents. Check us out at the link below.
If you want to find us on Facebook we will be giving even more gifts away Thursday night at a facebook party. :) It will be on each of the author’s page.
Looking forward to getting to know everyone!