I am joining Friday Reflections with a quick post on the prompt ‘Random act of kindness I have experienced’.
I had, earlier, written about this particular incident in the comment section on Corinne’s blog Everydaygyaan.com and I thought it will be worth dedicating a post to that incident.
It was 13 March, 2013 and I along with Dhruv had landed at Manchester Airport. After clearing the immigration checks, we reached the baggage claim counter. For getting a trolley, one pound coin was needed to be inserted into a machine after which a trolley used to get ejected.
Husband, who had travelled 6 months earlier, had already told me about his experience with that machine. He had a 10 pound note as the lowest currency denomination with him which he inserted into the machine. The trolley got ejected but he did not get the change from the machine. He raised the issue with the Airport officials but the issue could not be resolved and he lost the balance 9 pounds. Therefore, when I was to travel he cautioned me to arrange for 1 pound coin for the same reason. However, the fact is when you get currency converted at the Airport you never get coins but only notes.
So, there was I standing faced with the same situation as husband with a 10 pound note in my hand. Thankfully, Dhruv was in good humour then after having cried for a long time since I woke him up when the plane landed. I must have turned the note in my hands a couple of times preparing my mind to lose the balance amount. Just then a fellow passenger, who was an Indian living in UK, came to me and enquired about my problem. I explained my position and he was kind enough to give me the coin. I thanked him and my heart was filled with gratitude towards him.
Losing the 9 pounds may not have mattered in the long run but that token of kindness has stayed in my heart.