Yesterday, the temps here were in the upper 90s (108 degree heat index). Since I had to run some errands which included getting gas, I took my youngest with me and decided that a stop inside the convenience store for Slushies was in order.
When we reached the back corner of the store where all of the soda fountains were located, I noticed that a woman had just started mopping around the machines.
Since I am still NWB and on crutches, I asked her to hold off mopping until we finished getting our drinks so that I wouldn’t slip on the wet tiles.
It wasn’t until we finished filling up, and turned to get our straws that I noticed that she hadn’t stopped mopping at all, but instead proceeded to mop the entire area behind me and placed a "Caution Wet Floor" sign at the end of the aisle. She essentially mopped me into a corner!!
My son and I stood there dumbfounded for a few minutes waiting for it to dry, but since it was a humid day it wasn’t drying at all.
I decided to grab some napkins from the stand and toss them on the floor. As I started pushing them around the floor with my crutch trying to dry a path, the most amazing thing happened.
Customers started grabbing napkins, kneeling down and began drying the floor.
What a humbling experience. I felt like such an idiot, having caused complete strangers to take time out to dry a dirty convenience floor for me. But, everyone was so nice, telling me that they didn’t want me to slip and hurt myself even more.
I am eternally grateful that I live in an area where people care enough to worry about someone that they don’t even know.
It brings tears to my eyes thinking about it.