A Big Oops!
Last week I made a big oops.
As I was leaving my internship I had a sudden urge to buy yarn. Silly, I know, because I have a huge stash and I have not been knitting at all. But I really needed to buy something, specifically yarn, at that very moment.
I just happened to be driving by, not not a LYS, but a big box store. So I quickly pulled into the parking lot and opened up my door -- only to have it BLOWN out of my hand and smack into the car next to me! I quickly jumped out and checked the car next to me as well as my car door. I didn't see any dent, only a small tiny scratch. But I felt so bad! I didn't know what to do. And after the fiasco from the previous year when my car was damaged by a hit and run, I'm a little hypersensitive about these sorts of things. Plus, I felt really bad about putting a scratch in someone else's car. So I did the nice thing, I took out a piece of paper and wrote the owner of the car a note, apologized and signed it with my name and number.
And then I decided that because I already did some damage, why not go in a buy some crappy ass yarn!?! So I did. And I bought this:
I really don't know what it is. Deborah Norville? Serenity? The content is 50% Merino, 25% Bamboo and 25% Nylon. It IS wicked soft. And it is in a nice purples and black/gray colorway. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it. But it was cheap, and I needed to spend money at that moment, so I bought it as a splurge.
Finally, that evening I received a phone call from an elderly gentleman. He wanted to tell me that he thought that my note was a very honest, caring and noble deed. He said that he had not seen a nice gesture like that in eons and he wanted to call and let me know that the car is fine, he didn't even see a scratch and wanted to thank me for being honest. He really was surprised and humbled by my gesture. I'm glad I did it. I was a little scared. But looking back I'm proud that I was honest - yes maybe a little hypersensitive. But who knows, maybe I just did one of those pass-it-on gestures. I know I saw at least two people watching me leave a note (and take a pic of both cars - I told you I'm crazy). But I hope I continue to do little gestures of kindness like this - it made me feel good knowing I helped this man, as he put it, "feel that the younger generation isn't that bad, after all."