One person's kind act changes tone of unpleasant incident

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2004

The picture on the front page of Monday's Clarion of vehicles splashing their way through the puddles prompts me to share an incident that happened Saturday afternoon in Soldotna. I had gone into Safeway to pick up a couple of items and was on my way back to my car.

It was a really nice day, with temperatures in the 40s, melting a lot of snow and ice, making the parking lot a mess. As I waited to cross the traffic lane to get to my car, a young woman in a pickup truck approached me, looked straight at me, and seemed to accelerate through the large puddle I was standing next to.

I was drenched as water splashed all over my

jacket and jeans, as well as my purse and the bag I was carrying. I muttered a few unpleasant words as I sloshed my way to my car.

As I was backing up to leave, someone knocked on my back window. I put my driver's side window down and a young man came up to me, handed me a stem of carnations and said, "I just saw you get splattered by that truck and you deserve a flower."

He went on to say that he didn't think the young woman intended to splatter me because he observed the horrified expression on her face when she realized what she had done.

Kudos to this thoughtful gentleman whose act of kindness really made my day, turning an unpleasant experience into a blessing, restoring my faith in mankind.

May it be a lesson to us all to watch out for pedestrians as we splatter our way through breakup!

Linda Fox, Soldotna

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