Friday, 22 February 2013

A Little More Faith...

Earlier this week I did something stupid, I forgot to print out a parking ticket in a free car park.

You don't have to pay, but you're supposed to print a ticket and put it on display to show how long you've been in the car park. It's so easy to forget when you have children (well A child) jumping up and down yelling "We're going to the climbing frames, we're going to the climbing frames" at the top of her voice whilst impersonating a madly pogo-ing punk.

Even more stupidly it's not even the first time I've done this, I forgot once before when I was pregnant and my brain was mush, and I got a £15 fine which I could ill afford.

I walked back to car the other day and realised what I done, my stomach flipped over and I approached with utter dread expecting to spot one of those evil black and yellow envelopes mercilessly slapped on my windscreen. Only this time my dread turned first to happiness and then to gratitude. Some wonderful person had printed out a ticket for me and placed it under my windscreen wiper. It didn't cost them anything, just a little thought. But my gosh I appreciated it. Thank you so much to that kind anonymous stranger. I'm so, so grateful for that wonderful thoughtful gesture.

It was a small gift that I took very gladly. I've also taken heart from this: there are some very kind people out there, which I too often tend to forget. In our Daily Mail driven society we look at all strangers assuming they're paedophiles, murderers or worse. I'm guilty of eyeing people suspiciously when they're just trying to be nice.

I'm not claiming I'm going to stop doing that overnight but I am planning to check the cars around me when I park. One day I hope to find a ticket-less car and share the love.

Has a thoughtful stranger ever saved your bacon?

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  1. I agree wholeheartedly-- the media's job is to keep us watching, & what better way than focus on the ugly side of humanity. Unfortunately, we are letting that constant deluge of "what is wrong with society today?" affect how we view others.
    People are generally good & kind. It is wonderful when things happen that make us remember that. What a lovely gesture & how lovely of you to point it out!

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    1. You're right of course, but it irks me that the media wind us up, point us in a particular direction and then watch us go matching off like lemmings. Ugh! I am a silver lining kinda girl, can't help it.

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  2. Aww, what a lovely wee post! You're totally right, of course. Nice to have a reminder of the inherent good of society :) xx

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    1. Thank you! That's what I had hoped :) x

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  3. Oh my gosh what an awesome thing to find on your car!!! I probably would have cried. Cheers to that thoughtful person!
    Trish

    www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

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    1. I nearly did if I'm honest! Cheers to them indeed! ;) xx

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  4. I believe more people are kind and good than bad and evil. For every hateful act that makes the news there are dozens or hundreds or thousands who are helping. When you watch the news and get depressed, look for the helpers in the background.
    And pay it forward! xx

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  5. That is so awesome! One time I was at the grocery store. I went to check out, and I forgot my wallet. No money! No credit card! Nothing! A total stranger loaned me the money to pay the bill. I got her address and returned the money. Thank goodness for the kindness of others.

    http://heidiswanderings.blogspot.com/

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    1. Oh that is so lovely! And you've never forgotten it. I think it's so important to do things like this for people, you never know who's faith in human kindness needs a little nudge.

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  6. Hi Kate!

    What a lovely story to read, I like you often forget how many nice people there are out there!

    Lovely blog you have here, following you right back :) (I love the name of your blog too!)

    Lauren x

    http://mylifeinanenglishcottage.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Welcome Lauren! And thank you so much for your sweet kind words, and thank you for following too. So pleased you like the blog name is so difficult to settle on one isn't it?

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  7. great post, i love a little kindness :)

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    1. Thank you my dear! So do I :) xx

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  8. That's so nice of someone to help you out like that! So glad you were saved from a ticket. There are still decent people out there :)

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    1. I was so chuffed, and relieved and grateful all at once. It was lovely :)

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