Ashley E. Kingsley

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The Colorado Wave

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2009 at 8:50 pm

medium_colorado_wave.3In Lakewood, where I grew up, my world consisted of the dirt road that led to vacant fields. There were no strip malls or stop lights. I use to ride my stellar pink Huffy up and down the road and the neighbors would wave as I blew by on what I thought to be my pink rocket ship.

As kids, we were allowed to wander the neighborhood. We went from house to house, refrigerator to pantry, game to Atari game. We were all friends and everyone in the neighborhood knew each other. Neighbors spoke, sang Christmas carols and always had time for one another.

My family moved to Del Mar, CA when I was 12 years old. I felt very detached from my roots in Denver. The neighbors didn’t talk to one another and kids didn’t roam. It wasn’t cool to ride a pink Huffy in Del Mar, or fish, or play kick- the- can. Part of this was adolescents, more of it was culture.

I really missed Colorado. I missed the mountains, the sunsets, the down-to-earth people and the neighbors. I missed fishing, getting muddy, the dirt roads, the afternoon showers and the blue, blue sky.

When I came HOME to Denver in 2001 I noticed a lot had changed. There were strip malls where I use to play soccer and ride my bike and condos where I would fish and ice skate.

I was glad to be home, though adjusting to the changes took time. I can deal with the strip malls and the Wal-Marts because I don’t have control over multi-billion dollar corporations. But there is ONE thing I really miss. The ‘Colorado Wave.’

It used to be, no matter what, when driving in Denver, people waved. People waved when they switched lanes they waved when they passed by in their car. People waved if they were taking longer to park than anticipated. People just waved. The wave was a symbol; a silent but clear hello, thank you or good afternoon. I have never seen the wave anywhere else. What it signifies to me is that we are all in this together and we are all part of Colorado. That we are all neighbors… and we do care.

If you remember the wave, which some of you do, reinstate it. If you don’t know what the wave is… just start doing it… and you will be amazed. I think the WAVE really needs to be revitalized. It is a soft hello, a thank you; a small but powerful recognition of one another.

Don’t forget to wave….pass it on.

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