Park It Forward

, , , , | Hopeless | June 9, 2017

(My wife and I are very close, and neither of our families fully accept us as a same-sex couple or live near us. We also married young, and I still look like a teenager. This means that when she is in the hospital with a badly broken leg, I am her only visitor, and I have to do everything she normally would. Needless to say, I am stressed out. I go to the gift shop to buy her flowers, but have forgotten my wallet.)

Me: “I-I’m sorry. I guess you have to put those back, but I don’t know how I am going to get out of the parking garage now… I just wanted to do something nice for my wife; she’s all I have. I am just so stressed out that I forgot things.” *I start to tear up*

Clerk: “It’s okay. How much is the parking ramp?”

Me: “Really, I couldn’t…  Don’t… It’s an $8 maximum and I can’t stay all day. Don’t—”

(The clerk goes to a back room and gets her own wallet, and hands me $9.)

Clerk: “Pay for your parking, okay, and get yourself a snack?”

(I couldn’t do more than stammer out thanks and try not to cry. Clerk, if you’re reading this, thanks for making a hard time easier!)

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