Monday, November 12, 2007

Monday Morning Blues and Good Deeds that Burn

After consumption of one cup of coffee I take the eldest to school. I return to take the middle child after her clothes had finally dried. I return to wake Connor and spend a huge chunk of the morning wrestling to
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And that, gentle reader, was when my space bar gave out. It was really shaping up to be a top notch Monday.

Hubby and I both being low on gas in the vehicles went to the gas station together. He paid for gas for two pumps, a tall coffee, and a fruit juice in a sport bottle and then pumped my gas for me because he is my knight in t-shirt and blue jeans.

We tell each other goodbye, he heads over to pump his own gas and I start to make my way out of the parking lot when a man yells for my attention. "Ma'am! Ma'am!"

My window is half open so I hear him loud and clear. It is also because of how my window was opened that when I stopped the car and turned to see what was the matter, the trajectory was perfect for me to have a tall coffee spill from the roof of my car on to my lap, arms, steering wheel and hands.

The would be good doer is a few yards away but still reaches out as if to catch the coffee he wanted to tell me about. He did walk over and catch the empty cup and hand it to me all the while apologizing. I take the cup and yell for my hubby "Honey! You forgot your coffee." Laughing I assure the man I am fine.

Thankfully my knight is an impatient sort. The coffee had ice added to it so he could drink it right away. I could hear the man that tried to help me out mumbling to himself that he should have just let me go at least I wouldn't have had to wear it. A good point in theory, but what could have happened if coffee had spilt on me while braking in traffic?

There have been many times I have tried to help someone and wished later I had kept my mouth shut. The saying "No good deed goes unpunished." comes to mind. All in all I am glad for people like the stranger at the gas station, the ones who pipe up and say something in order to help someone else. Ideally I would have braked easier, got out and retrieved the coffee and went on my merry way and he would have had a mild sense of accomplishment. In reality he could have saved me from wrecking my car while hauling precious cargo. I wish I had told him that.

7 comments:

Jeni said...

Well, with that lovely post, in essence, you did just tell him how much it meant to you that he tried to help you out with the coffee! Ok, maybe he doesn't blog etc -but who knows, then again maybe he does, will see your post and realize -hey, that was me! It could happen ya know!

Suzy said...

He might just know how much he helped. You'd be surprised how intuitive people can be.

Sorry about the space bar....

Love

Suzy

Jade said...

Ya know, its never a waist of time or too late to tell someone how much you appreciate them and all they do for you. Even if you don't think he knows just how appreciative of his efforts you are, tell him. The worst that comes out of it is that he feels doubly appreciated. ;-)

And we all need to know we're appreciated.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

A good deed always comes good, even if it does backfire.

Crystal xx

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