Saturday, June 4, 2011

Random act of kindness

Yesterday, in the middle of a very busy rush hour, we had huge long lines of cars backed up in each direction. Probably at least 20+ cars on one side, and with a 9 car capacity, that can be a long wait. In the middle of a 9 car load, the toll taker started walking around saying something to each car. Evidently, the woman in the last car on the left decided to pay for everyone's trip across the river. It's only $18 for the whole boat, so it's not THAT big of a kindness, but it was sweet, charming, unexpected, and gave everyone that warm and fuzzy feeling. She didn't look like she was made of money, she didn't look around expecting kudos. In fact, she sort of kept her head down and looked at her phone the whole way across, probably intentionally not making eye contact. It was a very nice thing to do.

Unrelated but similar, at the grocery store today, I was looking on the community bulletin board, and there was a small thank you card. Inside, someone had written, "To the kind woman who paid for my groceries last month, thank you. Your unexpected kindness reminded me of the goodness of people."

In other news, it's gorgeous and warm out. Which means it's all sorts of crazy busy. I'm expecting tomorrow to be a doozy. 80 degrees and sunny. Last night there were quite a few drunk people hanging out on shore, passing a bottle around...then getting in their cars and driving home. Evidently drunks are really common, more common than any of the operators expected. I'm not worried about my own safety, but the safety of everyone else on the road.

1 comment:

  1. I love random acts of kindness. A lady bought my gas for me once, what she didn't know is that it really helped me out at the time. I plan to pay it forward, and I hope others do the same :-)