Domino effect

Today has been one of those days.  The weather outside was just bad enough to make you worried about getting out and getting things done, my lil boy was home sick with me, and I spent a good part of the day waiting for others to get back to me so that I could do some things that HAD to be done. Being at the mercy of others is one thing, but the not knowing when they would let me get started was driving me NUTS.  And it is my birthday, and my license was officially expired.

By the time that I got out to start my day, it was almost done.  Luckily, I flew through most of the errands, and landed at the MTO with an hour to spare before I got Goose from school.  Upon entering, I looked to see how many people were waiting and grabbed my number.  There were not that many people waiting, yet I was ten or so numbers away.  As I jammed my little slip into my bag, I saw that there were actually two numbers stuck together.  “Oops”, I thought, knowing that there was nothing I could do about it.

After a few minutes, I noticed that the room started to fill up rather quickly. The guy that had sat down beside me looked like he was having a bad day.  He seemed rushed, had forgotten his forms, and was quite fidgety.  I looked at him and asked, “What number do you have?”, then handed him my second number.  He looked at his and noted that the number he had pulled was much higher than the new one in his hands.  He thanked me profusely before turning to the person next to him and said, “What number do you have?” I watched them exchange their little slips, then was called to the counter.  As I walked up, I heard one more exchange of numbers going on.

I know that handing over the first number likely helped the first guy, but actually delayed everyone between us.  I’m ok with that.  It made my day to see that it actually changed his day and helped him, and to see that the others who were waiting repeated the gesture without thinking. Here’s hoping that those who were bumped didn’t notice, or if they did that they didn’t mind.

Category: life | 1 comment

  • Smothermother says:

    What a lovely gesture on your birthday. This year looks to be filled with wonderful things. Happy birthday!


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