Wave by Jen Knox

The thing about a corner like this is that it doesn’t matter what city it’s in. It’s that corner from which you stand and see only a few bars, a convenience store, and a series of signs that promise if you buy two of something—boxes of cigarettes, bags of potato chips, two-liter bottles of soda—you get the third free. The thing about a corner like this is that if you drive by, or you’re stopped at the light and you glance out your car window, you can only think about the light turning green and where you need to be because that place is suddenly waiting for you. Because the thing about a corner like this is that it’s not going anywhere. It’s too common, too anonymous to loom. And if you live on a corner like this, at the core, you are too common, too anonymous to loom. So, if you live on a corner like this, wave at the people who drive by, smile at them, and take heart when they look surprised.

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4 responses to “Wave by Jen Knox

  1. Thank you so much, Susan. :)

  2. One of my wife’s best paintings was called “The Waver.” It was about a woman who took Jen’s advice quite literally. People loved to see her wave and often waved back. She became a fixture. Then one day her house caught fire. She ran out into the street and waved at the cars to stop. The drivers waved back. The house was totaled.
    Goo stories make us think and reminisce.

  3. Pingback: Week #43 – To the core | 52|250 A Year of Flash

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