Peter Van Beek was an 80-year-old that would stand near a roundabout next to our house and wave to the traffic almost every day.
We would often drive past him, and our kids would get so excited and wave like mad to him.
He brought so much joy to our kids and many others around the Sunshine Coast.
He passed away recently.
I felt sad when I drove around the roundabout this morning.
There are now hundreds of flowers in the spot where he waved.
A small gesture like a wave can make other people feel so good.
I will miss him.
He has also been my teacher.
A tiny bit of kindness goes such a long way.
To treat everyone you meet as though you know them well (not like a stranger).
A smile, a wave, and a kind gesture can make someone else’s day.