Kindness Surprise

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It’s the last day in the car. Five hundred fifty-two miles separated us from home. Our bodies were feeling the too-many-days-of-sitting in the car. At each stop, we stepped gingerly until the limbs remembered their path of movement. Thoughts of the comforts of home swirled through our minds as we ticked the miles away.

Passing through Oklahoma, we have two tolls to pay. I always get the money out miles before the booth is in view. We find the lane with the green light and shortest line. A quick stop to pay before we zoom down the highway.

We pull up to the booth, ready to hand the toll taker the cash. the gate rises, he announced, “The lady in the car ahead just paid your toll. Here’s your receipt. Have a good day.”

“Really?!” my husband exclaimed.

“Have a great day!” the toll taker said.

We pulled away marveling at the random act of kindness a stranger had bestowed on us.

“I should have paid for the car behind us,” my husband mused several miles down the road.

Another hundred miles found us at the last toll booth for this trip. The toll was $4.00, we paid our fee with a ten, but then told the toll attendant to take another four to pay for the person behind us.

“I haven’t had anyone do that in quite a long time,” the attendant exclaimed with a broad smile.

I hope a chain of kindness was created on this final day of our travels. Our bodies were weary of the travel, but our minds were savoring the kindness given to us, then passed along.

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27 thoughts on “Kindness Surprise

  1. Love it! Someone paid for my drink at Starbucks several weeks ago–wow it MADE my day! It’s always nice to have reminders that there are good people in the world. Yay for Random Acts of Kindess! πŸ™‚ happy summer

  2. Awwww…..this story makes me happy in so many ways. I’m so glad you and your husband were able to pass on the kindness to another person. I’m sure they appreciated it.

  3. LeAnn, I hope you waved to my home state as you passed through. πŸ™‚
    Love this sentence: “At each stop, we stepped gingerly until the limbs remembered their path of movement.” Helping those limbs remember how to move is an ongoing process these days, especially after long hours spent in the car.

  4. This must be the week of sweet stories because I just read Ramona’s and now yours. We don’t have toll booths in Ohio but they are all up and down the freeway across New York State where I grew up. How kind of you to pay it forward for someone else. Yea for warm and fuzzy feelings of surprise.

  5. This was a great story about kindness, but it is also great writing. I was right there with you in that car weary and ready for the journey to be over.

  6. A St. Louis radio station calls that being “joyed”. Someone did that to me once in the donut line the morning after my dog passed. There is something about that act of kindness, unexpected and deeply appreciated, that restores the smile of your soul. Welcome home!

  7. What a great boost to help you drive the last stretch home, Elsie. And now you’ve given each of us readers a lift that we can pass on, too. A little kindness can go a long way πŸ™‚

  8. What a great way to end your road tip. It’s interesting to think about how the person might react. You just never know how big a ripple your small act of kindness might have.

  9. What an uplifting experience! I think I will do that the next time I am in a drive thru….it has be a while. We were driving through Oklahoma last week…I love the sunrises and sunsets there.

  10. This is what we need right now, a chain of kindness to connect us across this great nation. Thank you for being such an uplifting link, every and all puns intended! Happy Summer to you!

  11. It’s the random acts of kindness that restore our faith in humanity. So glad you found a way to ease your final miles. You guys have been on the road a lot. Time to get into that summer lounge chair!

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