Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A first time for everything

I find it reassuring that even now, well past my three score years and ten I can still be delighted and surprised in an ordinary supermarket carpark.  

My daughter, Leone and I were returning to my car and couldn't help but notice a car parked extremely close to mine and young girl having difficulty helping an elderly lady out of the passenger seat of that car.  The gap was small and the elderly lady not very flexible or mobile.  The girl somehow, with lots of laughter, managed to get her passenger out of the car and through the gap before noticing us.  Her passenger didn't linger but made her way slowly into the supermarket.  The girl was laughing but embarrassed and very apologetic about parking over the lines defining the parking spaces and being so close to my car. She said another motorist had been watching her attempts to park and shaking his head and that she'd got really flustered.  

She then handed her car keys to Leone and asked her could she "fix" it for her.   Leone hesitated, then laughed and agreed.  The thought crossed her mind that the whole thing could be part of a scam, was she putting herself in danger or leaving me in danger.   Isn't it sad that we now think that way?  I have to admit the thought didn't cross my mind, that I trust my instincts with people and this lass was simply a lovely girl who'd been talked into taking her grandmother to the shops.  She was naïve to hand her car keys to a stranger but I find it refreshing that there are still teens out there who think older people are more likely than not to be helpful. 

I hope she got herself and her passenger home safely - and that she has a few more driving lessons before going into another carpark.  

9 comments:

  1. I feel sorry for her getting flustered, it's so easy to do, glad she asked your daughter to help her.

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  2. That was a fun episode, to me such delightful interactions make for a pleasant day. Most people are nice when you stop and get to know them.

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  3. glad that your daughter want to help her ...
    yes, hope that they are going home safely

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  4. Nice that your daughter helped out.

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  5. It is sad that we should think that way but it's the first assumption about almost every phone call from a stranger and all the weird emails we get. Obviously not everyone is wary though or the scammers would have given up. All that having been said I'd trust your instincts about people any day.

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  6. One of those kindnesses we wouldn't have thought twice about in years' past. Your daughter was very kind.

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  7. Times have sure changed, haven't they? Interesting story. Glad all turned out well. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. Hope you have a fine weekend ahead. John

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  8. A nice story, Pauline...and one that reminds us...truly there are more wonderful, kind good people in this world than there are the bad. We just keep hearing more about the bad, over and over again throughout the media.

    This story reminds us...and restores our faith. :)

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