Dropping The Dime on Kindness

dimeWe were at the library, where we go frequently.  I’m a huge fan of the library.  We probably go there a couple of times a week.  Anyway, we were in the parking lot, which has meters, and we noticed the meter enforcement person pull up.  She got out and walked over to a car and started writing a ticket.  So K jumped out of our Jeep, ran over to her with a bag of change we keep in the Jeep for parking, and asked her if instead of giving tickets she would put change in the meters, K offered up our change.  The meter lady told K she couldn’t do that, and in fact her bosses had told her specifically not to do it.  She could put her job in jeopardy.  We definitely didn’t want that.  Then she says, “I haven’t gotten to that row yet”, and sort of gestured over to another row.  We took the hint.  We started moving around the lot trying to spot meters that had expired and if we found one we put change in it.  The meter lady was sort of sour when K initially approached her, but by the time they finished chatting, and she suggested the other row, she had a big grin on her face.  Sometimes acts of kindness just have to be seen to be appreciated, to lift spirits, and to make people smile.

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