Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A Simple Act of Patience

--by megs, posted Nov 15, 2008

Recently we've had a popular department store open in our area.  It's been the talk of the town for months!!  On about the third day of the grand opening, I thought I'd stop by to check it out.  I noticed right away that the parking area was extrememly busy. 

As I was about to exit my car, a lady was about to enter her car to leave.  She was parked on the opposite side of me and there was a four way stop behind our parking areas.  As the lady tried to back out to leave,  some of the shoppers were extremely rude to her!!  They yelled and beeped their horns at the lady and she had a look of terror on her face.  She looked at me and threw up both of her hands as if she didn't know what to do.

I gestured for the lady to put her window down and I told her that she was doing just fine.  She smiled and seemed to relax.  I then became her rear view mirror as it was hard for her to see behind her while backing out of the parking space.  As I watched for safety, she was able to back out enough to drive forward.

At this point, she was smiling even more!  She thanked me many times.  I felt that many of the other drivers weren't sympathetic enough toward the nervous woman.  I was happy to help that lady feel more confident. Besides that, who knows, we may have avoided a potential accident with the simple act of patience and kindness :)

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Readers Comments

laurina wrote: A small kindness that had a very positive effect! We need more considerate drivers like you out there!
lovebug wrote: I could have been that lady. I have all of the beeps and whistles on my dash board. When i get ready to back up i hear the beeps and panic. I know my computer chips are unbalanced, but i do use extreme caution, which usually aggravaties the other people, i do feel, better safe than sorry
Caratyzna wrote: I am terrified to drive, and often have panic attacks over the simplest things. I've yet to have someone do something that nice for me, but it does make me feel a little better about driving.
JuneBug wrote: I absolutely love little old ladies! If I were her, I would have made some of those honkers into speedbumps!!! :}
wayfarer wrote: Yayy, Junebug! Yayyy, Megs!
falsemonkeypuzzl wrote: One person can turn a miserable situation into a happy moment both will remember long afterwards. I'm glad it was you who were next to her.
MakeSomeoneSmile wrote: Good for you for taking the time to care and help out!
AURELIA wrote: Kudos to You Meg!!!! What a perfectly wonderful thing for you to do! I hope someone learned something by observing you!!! :0) ~Aurelia

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