Day 706: Recharging batteries

Derek Murray holds a note that was left on his windshield yesterday after he parked his car in a residential neighbourhood and left his lights on before he took the LRT to school. When he got back, a man had left the note and a battery charger for him. (Credit: John Lucas / Postmedia News)

Derek Murray holds a note that was left on his windshield yesterday after he parked his car in a residential neighbourhood and left his lights on before he took the LRT to school. When he got back, a man had left the note and a battery charger for him. (Credit: John Lucas / Postmedia News)

Nothing recharges your inner battery faster than an act of kindness, whether you’re on the giving or receiving end.

At least, that’s how I felt after reading this story in the National Post:

Edmonton stranger leaves kind note and battery charger for student who forgot to turn car lights off

by Andrea Sands, Postmedia News |

Screen shot 2014-11-23 at 5.00.28 PMWhen second-year law student Derek Murray left the headlights on all day Wednesday in his silver Acura, he returned to his parked car to find the battery drained and a note on his windshield.

“I noticed you left your lights on,” the note said. “The battery will probably not have enough charge to start your vehicle. I left a blue extension cord on the fence and … a battery charger beside the fence in the cardboard box. If you know how to hook it up, use it to start your car.”

The note went on to explain exactly how to jump-start the vehicle. “Good luck,” it said.

I was expecting it to be an angry letter from someone telling me not to park there. Instead, I got someone just totally brightening my day

“Sure enough, I looked over at the house my car was parked beside, and there was a blue extension cord plugged into an outlet behind the guy’s house with a battery charger right there beside it,” said Murray, who had parked Wednesday morning in the residential neighbourhood to take the LRT to the University of Alberta.

“When I first saw the note, I was expecting it to be an angry letter from someone telling me not to park there. Instead, I got someone just totally brightening my day. My day could have been ruined but, because of this guy, it was the highlight of my day. …

“It just shows you how such a pure act of kindness from one person can just spread through everyone and help make everyone’s day a little brighter,” Murray said.

Full story here.

And me?

Today, I packaged up a bunch of shoes I really like but never end up wearing (we all have those, right? right??) and donated them to a local charity. If you knew how freakishly protective I am about my shoes, you would appreciate the separation anxiety I’m going through right now. But I’ll spare you the details.

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’d only worn a few of the pairs once, maybe twice. Yes, I could have tried to sell them in a garage sale or online but because they were in pretty good shape and fairly dressy shoes, I thought maybe someone who needed shoes for a job interview or special occasion could benefit from them.

At least that’s what I told myself to force my hands to actually tape up the box and carry it out of the house. Sigh.

p.s.

In lieu of a Song for the Day, I’ll leave you with this hiLARious Ellen sketch. Enjoy!

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