I am an observer. I'm also a questioner. I share this because you can pass by things all of the time and not think anything about it and I think that's the case with this old man who walks his dogs every day in my neighborhood. I don't know the man and I don't know his dogs. I don't know any of their names, but I do know that whenever I go to the pool, I can count on that man and his dogs walking on the street I'm driving on.
What I finding most fascinating about this old man and his two dogs is that he doesn't just walk his dogs, but he stands on the sidewalk and he waves at everyone who drives by. THAT is what makes this guy stand out.
The other day, when he waved at me, I waved back. I normally wave back anyway, but I felt this urge to wave and smile and return the kind gesture this old man was offering to me, a complete stranger, driving by him.
I remember thinking to myself, "I bet this guy is lonely and this is his only form of connection with the outside world. He walks his two dogs, rain or shine, and waves at everyone. This is how he stays connected to people."
Of course, I could be wrong about the guy. However, why else would he daily do this? He's like a Wal-Mart greeter on that street, but he isn't being paid anything to do it...not financially anyway. He gets a pay off somehow... what it is, I speculate is human connection.
Since we live in a relatively disconnected world, despite all of the electronics we have to connect us, I see this old man and his two dogs as someone who is trying to get the humanity in us connected again. Maybe his waving at everyone as he walks his dog, is his form of Facebook. I don't know, but I like to think it is and for him, I will always hit like by waving back.