Trevor absolutely adores greeting people. He says “hi” to anyone. Or everyone.
The dude in line behind us at the market.
The family walking their dog down the street. He’ll even knock on the window pane to get their attention while hi-ing them.
The people in the car zooming by us on the highway.
Plus all the regulars. Teachers. Friends. Neighbors.
You get the idea.
He doesn’t just say “hi” once either. Oh no. He’ll say “hi” over and over again. Each time slightly louder just in case they didn’t hear. Until the other person responds in kind. Not all do, though. But when a person does they’re rewarded with a melt you from the soul out Trevy smile. Plus, at least five more hi-s. And then he’ll turn to me and say…
So very proud of himself. And I’ll praise him for his friendliness. And tell him that friendly people are the best. While on vacation he greeted the mature couple across the way with a perky “hi” over the continental eggs and coffee. Sometimes it’s a little embarrassing so I’ll try to shush him quietly. Like I was doing that morning. The wife (whose countenance was positively radiant…like, I wanna be just like you when I grow up radiant) smiled and said,
Friendliness is contagious, you know
I liked that. It made me smile. And feel all glow-y inside for awhile.
I wish it were that simple. But truth is…most people ignore Trevy’s enthusiastic greetings. Evidently there’s another mature lady with some thoughts about the subject. Because the other day while running errands with “my ducklings” Trevy started up the “hi-ing” immediately. Each time I said, “you’re just a friendly guy, buddy” even though no one seemed particularly friendly that morning in return. Bristel couldn’t take it anymore and declared…right in the middle of Walmart…
Trevy, you’re friendly but…
People are mean!
I was half shocked half amused as I stood there staring at her. Not sure which direction to go with the Teachable Moment. Because I was kinda on her side with this one. She flashed her sassy eyes at me and said…
That’s what Grams’ always says!
Upon which hearing I busted a gut. And felt warm and glow-y for a while later. Because laughter is good for the soul, you know!