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I'm sure you've been told a smile and a wave can change someone's day, but how many of you actually believed it?

88-year-old Tinney Davidson had a tradition of waving to the school children who walked by her house on the way to school.

For 12 years, she smiled and waved, wishing the students well.


Now that she's leaving, the students decided to wave back.


Davidson moved to the house in 2007 with her husband.

Shortly after, she started her morning ritual:

"I just liked the look of the children,"

She said in an interview with CHEK news in 2014.

"They all looked in and I thought, 'If they're looking in, I'll wave to them,' and that's how it started."

The Highland Secondary School held an assembly in 2014 to recognize her for the community and in 2016, students brought her treats and cards for Valentine's Day.

It's a nice change of pace to see some good in the world.






Davidson continued her tradition even after her husband passed away. Now, she's being moved into an assisted living home.

When the students heard, they decided she deserved her own wave and smile. More than 400 students walked to Davidson's house with flowers, cards, and signs.

When she opened the door, she clapped her hands at the sight of her lawn filled with students.

"Oh, lovely, thank you!"

She's the kind of inspiration we all need.






The signs had messages like "We <3 you Mrs. Davidson" and "Thanks 4 being Awesome."

Once they had all gathered and Mrs. Davidson was outside, the students counted down together and blew her a big kiss.

She said:

"I was shocked again that there's so many kids that want to say goodbye to me,"

A chair was set out for her, and she got to smile and wave at the kids as they left.

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