I drew back the curtains in my hotel room to reveal the morning sun. My gaze fell to the ground level. I eyed the parking lot for my rental car. It was there, but it was frozen. Frost in November… Hmph!
After breakfast, I went back to my room to brush my teeth, gather my things, and don my coat. Maybe the sun will melt it off by the time I get downstairs.
But when I got downstairs and walked outside of my hotel, I encountered a car that was still frosted-over. I noticed a nearby woman who was warming up her car.
“Do you have an ice scraper I can borrow?” I asked.
“It’s tiny, but you can borrow it,” she said as she retrieved it from her car.
She reappeared with the tiniest ice scraper I’ve ever seen. “It’s small, but it works.”
Small, but mighty. That’s all it needs to be. “Thanks so much,” I said as I accepted it. “The rental car company didn’t give me one.”
“I guess they thought November was too early for cars to freeze over,” she remarked.
“I wish that were the case,” I said as I scraped my side windows and back windshield.
“At least you’re driving a Volvo,” she said.
“THAT,” I said as I moved towards the other side of the car, “was pure luck. I booked a Taurus, but haven’t driven one before. I asked if they had a Camry or an Accord since I’m used to those cars. They didn’t, but they upgraded me to a Volvo instead.”
“Not bad!” she remarked.
“It’s pretty nice,” I said as I moved on towards the front windshield. “Though an ice scraper would’ve been good. Not sure what I’m going to do the rest of the week…”
We made small talk for another minute while I finished scraping the remaining windows.
“Thanks for loaning this to me. I’ll be able to get on my way quicker now.”
“No problem,” the lady replied. “You have a good day.”
“You do the same.”
The lady drove off. I sat in my car as it the rest of the windshield defrosted thinking about the kindness of a stranger. I know this woman had to get to a job too. But she gave up a few minutes of her time so I could be safer in this already-safe car.