On a leisurely drive through Pinckard Alabama on state highway 134 you might encounter a black man sitting on a wood crate in front of the old mercantile building beside L&M Motors. His purpose is unknown to the casual driver who might lift a few fingers from the steering wheel for a cordial wave as I have never seen him return a wave. He might possibly be a salesman for L&M Motors, albeit a bad one as I rarely see him standing, plus the Chrysler with the lackadaisical Hip Hop paint scheme they have for sale has not moved in months. I did see him sitting on his wood crate with the vegetable salesman mentioned in one of my recent posts. Apparently he finds the hot spots in Pinckard, which are few and I would say far between but nothing in Pinckard is far. If he is the ambassador for our fair town I say we can do better, like the black man in Midland City.
Just a few miles down the road, after 134 turns into Napier Field Road in Midland City, you will find a black man in his front yard most mornings that waves at every car that drives by. I’m not talking about a casual movement of the hand. He throws an arm in the air for several seconds ensuring the drivers know, depending on direction of travel, they are welcome to town or thanked for passing through on the way out of town. His enthusiasm is indelible as not only myself, but several other drivers I have noticed, return the wave in a similar fashion. He puts a smile on my face almost every morning on my way to work.
If you pass through either of these small towns take note of these gentlemen. While Midland City has the benefit of a major four lane highway, Dollar General and an independent grocer, they also have an ambassador of friendship. A man who raises his hand to greet any race, any gender, any make and model of automobile, and he is appreciated for it.