The Minivan Wave

Were you aware that, depending on the vehicle you drive, you may be part of a special “wave” club?

Motorcyclists have a certain wave when they pass each other. They kind of take one hand off the handlebar and drop it down to the side. Jeep Wrangler drivers have a special wave they give to one another. It even has a hierarchy, the person with the less cool Jeep must initiate the Jeep wave. And if you drive a Jeep Liberty, don’t even think of waving to a regular Jeep. These two I’m certain there are waves that go with them, because in the past I’ve owned them both.

I’ve also heard there’s a special wave for Corvette owners. Since I’ve never owned a Corvette, and there’s no backseat for car seats, it’s unlikely I will own one any time soon. I’ll just have to take someone’s word for it.

I think it would be cool for us minivan drivers to come up with our own special wave. I have a couple of ideas, but am also definitely open to any other suggestions. My first special wave for minivan drivers to give to one another, would be the scissor “snip-snip” motion. The snip snip symbolizes that if you have enough kids to fill a van you probably need to schedule yourself a vasectomy, and if applicable, the responder person could motion back with two fingers in a V shape to convey the surgery has already taken place. Maybe the female version of this could be a mom crossing her fingers to other minivans as a symbol of having her tubes tied?!?

The only other special wave I can come up with is doing a cupped ears motion. This, of course, would translate to “My kids are making me crazy!” The biggest problem I see with this is, each driver would have to take both hands off the wheel to wave to one another, which could be difficult, dangerous and would involve putting down his or her cell phone.

Like I said, I’m open to suggestions. What do YOU think would be a good Van Wave?


Brian "Pete"
Brian "Pete"
Indianapolis Stay-at-Home Dad to three kids, ages nine, six and four. Blogger and monthly print columnist for Indy’s Child, Cincinnati Parent and Dayton Parent magazines. Fifth grade class spelling bee runner-up. Gold Award Winner at the Parenting Media Association Editorial and Design Awards for Best Blog/Blogger.

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