Yesterday I had to do my bi-annual recertification for Advanced Cardiac Life Support. I had had some trouble finding a class and finally ended up driving 70 miles for one. Luckily the colors are changing in New England so it was a pleasant drive.
On the way down I found part of the road is a toll road and I had to pay 0.75 cents to drive on the road. We do not really have toll roads in NC yet, so I am always a little surprised by them. As I drove through I realized I could have participated in one of the easiest ways to give anonymously to a complete stranger! I could have paid the toll for the car behind me.
I went and took my class, which being given at a regional heart center was very serious. Since I had not studied well when we came to the "Mega-code" I was practically hyperventilating. It was also a little disconcerting that this was a Catholic Hospital and there was a crucifix of dead Jesus right above my head the whole time. I kept thinging, well, perhaps we should try the defibrillator on him. (It was sort of life like).
Anyway, I passed. And went on my merry way home.
Realizing that I was going to go through the toll booth, I dug around until I found 1.50. I actually got very nervous waiting to pay the toll. I wondered what the toll taker would say, or if they would allow it, or if she would say yes and then pocket the 0.75 cents….
When I got up to the booth, it was a really nice lady, and when I told her I had 1.50 and could I pay for the car behind me she smiled and said "Sure you can!" I didn't really hang around, but I did see her waving her hand "no" at the man's money in the car behind me.
I like giving this way. I have no idea who was behind me. He will never know who I am. It wasn't a big amount of cash that he had to feel guilty about it. It was just a small way to hopefully brighten up someones day. Of course as these things go, I know it brightened up mine. I grinned all the way home just remembering seeing the toll taker waving the other guy through.
Who would have though that 0.75 cents
could make me that happy. While I won't ever know, I hope it gave the stranger a small smile as well.