Saturday, December 15, 2007

Small Kindness

Yesterday evening on my way home from work, I decided that I needed (yes - needed, not wanted) a cup of coffee for the drive. So, being a good Canadian, I passed through the Tim Horton's drivethru on Union Street in Fredericton. Just a medium coffee with milk, please... When I got to the window to pay, the gentleman in front of me in the silver Audi had already paid for me! I couldn't see his license plate clearly because of the snow - I'm not even sure that it was a New Brunswick plate - and I don't think that I know anyone that drives a silver Audi... I honked and waved as a "thank you" as I drove past him exiting the parking lot, but I don't think that he either heard or saw my very small "thank you". It was just a cup of coffee, but even this small act of kindness and generosity is something that I found very touching. I am grateful to know that there are people out there like this gentleman. When I pulled up to the window, I was crying. I was listening to an interview on the radio with the good samaritans that had been involved in this. While their actions were of a much greater magnitude, I think that the spirit of kindness and caring is the same.
Now if only I could summon some good thoughts about the snow plow driver who just about creamed me later in the drive. Perhaps I should just be grateful that he didn't!

11 comments:

Robin said...

WOW...that's amazing! I know there are lots of knitters RAKing, maybe he's been reading some of the blogs?!

jkleclerc said...

That is a really thoughtful thing to do. That just reinforces my belief that Canadians are some of the most generous people around.

km said...

That just warms my heart!!! And I'm inspired to get my act in gear for some of my own RAK.

scappyhappy said...

Oh Katie...what a wonder snippet of joy! I love to hear about RAK...this is what the season and all year long is all about. Take care and have a wonderful holiday!
Iva

Lisa said...

Katie:

I'm glad that you posted this. It is an example taht we should all set. It would have been even better if his kids or your kids had been able to witness it. We often forget how powerful that RAK's actually are!

Be safe in the upcoming storm!

Nancy @ the Jersey Shore said...

wow, how nice was that?! I heard on the radio the other morning, that one thing we could do for a RAK was to pay the toll for the car behind..I cynically thought the toll collector might take adavantage. Regardless, I am going to do that next time the opportunity arrives.

sharon said...

What a nice surprise. Bet that made things a little brighter.
But please beware of the snowplows- someone did get hit by one here and that is kind of scary to think about.

Virtuous said...

Thanks for coming to visit my blog! I really appreciate it!

I would have e-mailed you back directly but didn't have your e-mail address.

Looks like you are an accomplished knitter!

Anonymous said...

What a nice story. I also think we should be grateful also for the little things people do for us in daily life. Hope you enjoy the advent time.

Your SITMT pal

gardeningknitter said...

The snow looks beautiful and although I'm not fond of walking in the snow, I love to walk in a light mist of rain. It is somewhat eerie, quiet, and is a good time for thinking. When it snows (which isn't too often in VA, USA)I like to cuddle down, make a big pot of bean soup and bake a loaf of bread.

CynicalGal said...

Wow, that is a great story. One time I put quarters in a co-worker's parking meter (I never told her, that wasn't the point, obviously) ... it felt really good to do that.

RAK away!!!