A Smile And A Wave Can Make Your Day! Just Ask The Town Of Chicopee!
Posted by GreaterGoodness
For over 50 years, residents of Chicopee, Massachusetts, have enjoyed a wave and a smile to brighten their day. Bernard “Bunny” Murray began waving from the street corner in his neighborhood in the 1960s. Locals are sponsoring a petition calling on the city to erect a statue in honor of Murray, ensuring his friendly gesture continues for decades in the future.
Located on the Connecticut river, Chicopee is home to about 56,000 people. Bunny began his tradition of waving in the Chicopee Falls neighborhood, but he is known throughout the city and is sometimes called a pillar of Chicopee. The petition goal is to reach 5,000 signatures. Over 2,000 supporters signed in one day, and as of March 2016, the city is only 126 signatures away from having an eternal replica of Bunny.
The weather in Chicopee isn’t always favorable for a man of Bunny’s age to stand on the street and wave at cars for hours, but locals say the rain and cold haven’t stopped his friendly behavior. He often stops at a local restaurant for breakfast before beginning his daily ritual, and after a few hours, he heads back in for coffee and chocolate pie.
The story of Bunny is similar to that of Johnny Barnes, Bermuda’s Mr. Happy. Barnes is the subject of a short movie that documents his greeting of people who drive by his location on a roundabout every day.
At 91, Barnes continues a tradition he began when he worked as an electrician on the railroad before the highway was built. During his breaks, he would sit on a wall and greet people as they passed by on the train. While there are few statues in Bermuda, Johnny Barnes sharing his famous greeting was the island’s second, showing his importance in the local culture. People like Bernard Murray and Johnny Barnes inspire us by offering a simple greeting on a regular basis. These kind-hearted people dedicate their time and talents to make our day better.