Paying it forward
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I went to my dr today, for my last chiro adjustment before we leave tomorrow.
There was a lady who was about my age, waiting to pay and leave, looking kind of shaken - with a bandage on her nose and chin.
"Car accident?" I asked sympathetically. "No," she replied, "I saw an acquaintance at lunch, couldn't quite hear what they were saying, and put my head in the car through the passenger window. Her dog attacked me."
"Wow," I answered, "I'd be totally freaked out by that!"
We chatted a little. She paid and left. I paid and walked downstairs for my car. She was there on the cell phone, trying to find a ride to the hospital for surgery on her nose. (Yes, I guess it was that bad under the bandages.) So I gave her a ride. We introduced ourselves, we chatted, she cried, I gave her a hug, and I drove her to the hospital. Just because I know how it is when stuff happens and you're shaken and trying to deal with what needs to be done. I was there a few weeks ago. I've been there before. So I was more than happy to help.
When she went to get out of my car, she was on the phone again - and put a $20 bill on my dashboard. "No no no!" I handed it back to her. "Nope, and thank you." She left it on the seat, thanked me again, ran into the ER for her surgery.
So I guess I need to send $20 to somewhere. Because I didn't do this for money, I didn't expect anything - I just saw a person who needed a ride and a friendly face. That's all I did.
I hope she's okay.