Last Friday afternoon I found myself in a very long line at the Sugar Estate Post Office. It was being a difficult day for staff and patrons alike as there were only two employees serving a large group and signs posted at the counters informing the public that the credit/debit machines were down. Cash only, please. As I patiently awaited my turn to be served, I observed a middle aged man with a box at one of the counter stations. He was explaining to the agent that he needed to get his parcel out quickly to his daughter and the agent dutifully weighed the item and announced that the price was $54 and change, cash only. The man, obviously, expecting to pay with a card started going through his pockets and billfold to find the required cash. In complete frustration he said he had inadequate funds but he had to mail the package now.
A voice at the head of the line shouted, “How much do you need?” The man was somewhat befuddled, not knowing where the question came from. The young lady next in line repeated her question again and when it was apparent that the man was further confused, she walked up to him and repeated the question again in more a hushed tone. He looked at her dumbfounded. The clerk told her the amount (a bit over $25), at which time she reached into her bag and gave the clerk the required funds. The man, now comprehending what was happening, asked the young lady if she was sure about this. Calming any fears she responded yes. Pen and paper appeared from his pocket and her purse and they exchanged information, as the clerk printed and affixed the correct postage. The man collected his receipt and assured the young lady he would be going right over to the bank. They walked out of the post office together in animated conversation and left a lot of smiling faces behind as they exited.
On our busiest of days, we often forget that little kindnesses are what make life worth living. I don’t know the individuals involved in this scenario but to them both I say, “Thank you for making my day a little brighter.”
Diana Parker, St. Thomas