Those of you who think Chivalry is dead, this one’s for you!
It’s pretty typical for me to be rushed in the morning. There’s no reason for it; I always give myself plenty of time to get ready, and somehow always end up running a little bit late. Yesterday was no exception.
As I’m hurrying down the stairs, hoping that I hadn’t already missed the bus, I almost ran into a neighbor of ours. Not that I have ever met this person, but we’ve both lived in the building for the last year and a half. I apologized, and kept moving.
After a mad dash to the bus stop, I found myself stranded. The bus drove off seconds before I got down there. Not a good way to start the morning! I grabbed a newspaper, sat in the “bus shelter” and decided to just sit and wait for the next bus to come.
Less than a minute after I sat down….a shiny, black Lincoln Navigator pulled up. The window rolls down to reveal my “neighbor” in the driver’s seat!
Neighbor-“Do you need a ride to campus?”
Me-(looking around, is he talking to me??) “Umm, really???”
Neighbor-“Yeah, you looked like you were in a rush…and I saw the bus pull out before you got down here.”
I almost run into this person on the stairs, have never introduced myself despite living above him for over a year, and here he is….willing to give me, a stranger, a ride. I hopped in, introduced myself, and carried on a pleasant conversation with “Neighbor” all the way to campus. I probably said “Thank You” about 5 times during a 5 minute drive.
My morning started off busy, rushed, and late….and turned out just fine. For him, it was such a simple gesture, but it completely made my day. And a good story!