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.