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Friday, January 28, 2011

Truckin' Thank yous

No, that's not a pretend swear word, though it makes me think of a funny story. My 2yo is a very avid talker, but some of his sounds aren't quite right. Like the 'tr.' For some reason he can't make this sounds, so he always substitutes with an 'f' sound.

Compound that with the fact that he can't pronounce any consonants after the letter 'm'.

So the other day we were in the car driving somewhere, and he said, "Look at that dumptruck."

You'll understand why my husband laughed so hard.

But that story was a complete tangent. I want to talk about the simple, kind gesture of saying 'thank you.'

The other day I was in the fast lane, zooming along, when a big semi-truck to my right put on his signal. I think the semi in front of him was going too slow, and he wanted over. The car in front of me sped up, making it impossible for the big guy to get over. I uttered a sigh of tolerance and slowed down. I waited, my entire attitude radiating annoyance, while the trucker came over.

He got in front of me and flashed his brake lights at me in the universal Morse code for 'Thank you.'

That simple gesture changed my attitude. Suddenly I felt warm and silly inside, as if I'd done him a great service. The rest of my drive was peaceful and smooth, with me still living off of the residue of gratitude.

Really, it can't get much easier than flashing your brakes at someone.

How does it make you feel when someone thanks you for something? Even something mundane?

13 comments:

M Pax said...

lol Thanks for the chuckle. Too cute.

Kittie Howard said...

It makes me feel really, really good. I try to keep a poker face, but when I put a lot of energy into something and don't hear Thank You, I feel a bit bummed.

So, I really mean it when I say Thank You for a timely post.

ali said...

I think it's fabulous. And this is a great example of how easy and simple it needs to be. Just. Say. Thank. You. It doesn't hurt, and it'll make someone else feel so much better. (and probably you'll feel happier in the process!)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

See? It makes all of us feel good. Thanks for commenting! I really mean it!

Annie McMahon said...

Yup! A simple thank you goes a long way. Haha!! Funny story about your son. That made me laugh!

Mary Aalgaard said...

Thank you for this post. A good reminder that an act of kindness can go a long way.

Ann Best said...

Any kind gesture will turn the tide. If only everyone realized this!

A feel-good post, Tamara. Thanks!!
Ann Best, Author

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Yes, we all love feel-good posts!

Lynda Young said...

It's such a good feeling -- especially when it's unexpected :)

Goddess of Blah said...

that's cute!!!

I was driving the other day when a man stopped his car in front of me (without warning of course), delivered no apology, or thanks (that I stopped my car in time).... and yes, he just drove off. And "They" comment about women drivers.

Jen Daiker said...

It really does change your entire outlook. Makes you feel like you did an amazing service to the world by letting that one person in front of you. 9 times out of 10 I don't get a wave, but it's that 1 I remember.

PS your son sounds hilarious! My sister growing up had the same problem!

Kasey said...

I always try to wave a 'thank you' to anyone who stops to let me pull out in front of them from a driveway or side street. I figure saying thanks is positive reinforcement and it makes me want to give others the same courtesy.

Love the dump truck story!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

whew, I didn't offend anyone! at least we're the kind of people who can laugh at something like that!

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