I’ve been an official Jeep owner for a couple of years now. My husband buys and trades vehicles continually, so we owned Jeeps over the years, but they were mainly trail toys or just something rough to run around the farm. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get on the Jeep bandwagon and buy one as my daily driver. I was driving a truck and I loved it. I told my husband continually I wouldn’t trade vehicles unless I found a vehicle I loved more than the truck and I didn’t see that happening. It was a no-go. Somehow, I blame my husband, the Jeep seed was planted and I started considering owning one. Once I had in my mind what I wanted, the search was on. A perfect one came up two hours away and we hit the road. One drive was all it took. I loved it and never looked back.
When we bought my Jeep, my husband mentioned that I would have to wave at other Jeeps now. I scoffed. I don’t like being told what to do, for one thing. I am not a bandwagon girl. And this seemed exceptionally stupid to me. I mean, I’ve seen motorcyclists signal each other as they pass. I live in the South, so waving is not unusual anyway. But waving at other Jeeps because they’re Jeeps? Weird and a little cult-ish, honestly. I had never seen anyone do that either and assumed he was just giving me a hard time. Because he does that much more frequently now that I am a Jeeple.
Then some random Jeep owner smiled and waved as they met me on the road. Weird, but kind of a nice pick me up, truth be told. Then it happened again. Before I knew it, I was playing “Spot the Jeep” and waving like an idiot at strangers, too. And they were waving back (mostly)! I was sitting at a stoplight last week as five Jeeps came through. No clue who they were, but every one of them waved at me. I, of course, waved back like we all knew each other. I know I had a stupid grin on my face, but there’s something about getting a Jeep wave that is awesome.
It feels stupid to admit and my husband mercilessly rags me about being a Jeeple at every opportunity, but it is definitely a perk of being a Jeep owner. Something as simple as a wave makes you feel connected to other people and isn’t that what we are all searching for??