I hope I just paid something forward or something and that I'm not just a big sucker.
I was putting some groceries in the car in the Wal-mart parking lot a little while ago when I was approached by a woman. She timidly said Ma'am? (That just means this is the south, not that I'm old) and I stopped what I was doing and held my purse closer. Yes I did; I'll admit that. When she first started talking she was kind of speaking fast and I'll also be honest in saying I was mostly thinking about how I hoped my ice cream sandwiches weren't melting, then dismissing the idea because it's like forty degrees outside.
But the gist of it was that she and her mother were stuck there, that there was something wrong with her car's radiator. She'd tried to return something to Walmart to get the cash to buy the needed part. Walmart, being the asshole it is, would only give her store credit which would've been okay had the automotive deparment carried the part they needed but of course they didn't. (Assholes) Her kids were at some house an hour away and it sounded like she didn't like who they were with. Her husband is in jail. She and her mom were short $8.87 to buy the car part. She knew it was at AutoZone, but repeated it wasn't at Walmart.
I almost never carry cash. This morning I'd put a pair of jeans on that had been laying over a chair, because honestly who cares; it's Saturday and all I was doing today was going into my empty office. The jeans had nine dollars in their pocket. I gave her the nine dollars and told her I hoped everything worked out okay. She tried to ask me for my phone number to get in touch with me to pay me back, but I told her that wouldn't be necessary.
I came home and told Brian, the staunch fiscal Republican. He told me he would've done the same thing. And I'm not patting myself on the back; I'm just wondering - is that what you would've done as well? Because I swear I don't think most of the time I either could or would have, depending on my mood and again the fact I know I wouldn't have gone to an ATM to get the cash for her.
I hope I did the right thing and I hope that lady will be okay.