On these cold and depressing January days, I'm reminded of Joseph Charles, the waving man of Berkeley, California. As a university student, I would often see Mr. Charles as walked to school. His warmth and charm always made me feel better.
Every morning for 30 years (rain or shine), Mr. Charles would stand in front of his house at Oregon Street and Martin Luther King Way and wave to passing cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians. He would tell people to "have a good day" and "keep smiling." At first people thought he was crazy, but gradually, he became a Berkeley legend and local treasure. He brought a smile to everyone who saw him! He died in 2002, but his memory still brings me a warm feeling all these years later.