Monday, May 17, 2010

driving lessons

TL didn't even call to tell me that someone rear ended him on the freeway.
It was just casually brought up as he moved the golf clubs out of the car so my sister could sit down.

He was driving and suddenly traffic came to a stop... the girl behind him didn't slow down in time, and ran into him.

They both pulled over, and TL quickly studied the back bumper.  It didn't look too bad.  

The young girl, just a few days past 16 - was scared, upset, and extremely apologetic.

He said he calmed her down and let her go.  He said she just kept saying 'thank you'.

Although I wasn't there and he didn't tell me what he said, I imagine he was very sweet with her.  It was an accident, and fortunately she learned a lesson with a guy who has made his own fair share of mistakes.

He told me that a few years ago he bumped into a guys car on the Bay Bridge, and the guy let him go.  So in essence, he was paying it forward.

When he told me the story... I got to thinking... accidents happen, people make mistakes.  He probably could have turned in the scratches for a few hundred bucks, but instead, he chose not to.  And now, when I look at the little imperfect bumper, it's a reminder that things happen, people have bad days, and sometimes you just have to give people a break.  It all evens out in the end.

Hope you're having a happy Monday!
xo

29 comments:

Simone said...

Bless TL's heart, what a good man :)

I loved reading your post to your sister, she sounds wonderful! I have never missed having a sister but your post really made me want one - one like Juju anyway! LOL!

Hope you and TL and those boys of yours are all well and that your job is all good.

I gave you a mention on my blog today, my blog is one year old today (doesn't time fly!) and I just wanted to thank you :) xo

Melanie's Randomness said...

Well that was awesome of him. Yeah stuff like that does happen, hopefully she learned a lesson & maybe will give someone a break one day too!!

I'm choosing happiness this week too!!

Claire Kiefer said...

This is such a sweet story, and a good start to an otherwise blah Monday. I have gotten into a fender bender on the bay bridge, too! Once on the on ramp, and once right before the toll plaza. Yuck. This sort of kindness is really precious. :)

leigh ashley said...

what a GREAT story!! i love it. a wonderful lesson on grace.

Aly said...

what a nice story! so glad you shared it!

Jenni said...

aw that is so sweet. I'm sure she appreciated it more than she can say! What a sweet hubby you have. I love that he paid it forward!

Shelley said...

What a sweet thing for TL to do!! She was probably very upset and so grateful that he let her off the hook! Great story.

Jess said...

I love the "pay it forward" message...too often we get caught up in our owm lives and we forget that accidents do happen and that its not all about "us".

Kelly said...

Love this story- a true example of the goodness and love TL has in his heart. We are so lucky to have him in our family! You two are perfect for each other!

Jamie Pickle said...

This has happened to both my sister and I. We have both rear ended people to have them let us off the hook and we have in turn done the same thing.

Rachel said...

Very nice! I did that to someone recently and they let me go because they were late for work~ I'll take it!

OceanDreams said...

I love this post Tracy, so positive and I couldn't agree more! Love TL's attitude and he totally made that gal's day. I once did this to a grandma that ran into the back of my car. It was Mother's Day and I didn't get mad, I just said have a Happy Mother's Day and let it slide. I think that touches people and helps them realize that we all make mistakes.

Jen said...

That's a good guy you have there :)

Brittany said...

WONDERFUL story. Love it!

Nicole said...

What a great guy. My 1st lil mistake was last year, I was in the middle of a crosswalk and decided to back up so you know people could walk through lol BUT I didnt put myslef back in drive! =( and I hit the person behind me, oh stupidity at its best! Fortunately the guy had a HUGE monster truck that wasnt even phased by my lil pt cruiser lol he just waved me off! Thank you jesus! =D

Jax said...

awwwwww! That's so sweet of him! I bet he totally made that girl's day..week..month... really.. I'm confident she'll pay it forward too... That's so great. :)

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Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

He seems like such a sweet person because you are exactly right, we all have our moments and accidents happen. Grace is a wonderful thing.

Lori said...

So true Tracy ~ it seems like so many people out there are just waiting for something to happen so they can benefit from it ~ TL is a good man. He must be though ~ you picked him!!

Ashton said...

such a sweet story that really puts things in perspective! thanks for sharing!! Hope you are having a wonderful week! :)

Kelly and Sara said...

Great message! Everyone could use a break like this on a bad day!

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Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

That is so sweet of him!! Accidents happen and it was so nice of him to do that! Great story!! :)

Nicole Marie said...

glad he's ok! i think that's so col and sweet how he kinda paid it forward. i wish the man who let him off when he was 16 could know about this. i bet it would make him happy.

Dugout Daisy said...

Great post! Imagine if we could all cut everyone some slack and be a bit more understanding... the world would be such a happier place! :)

Rachel said...

I love this story! And that image. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing this with me. This is something we all need to hear sometimes!

Kristin said...

That's happened to me too. I rear ended a guy...he let me go...and I returned the favor a couple years later. Paying it forward really works!

missy. said...

TL is an angel and that girl will always remember his kindness. such a great reminder to always be thoughtful of others.

~KS said...

I love this post. And TL was awesome for doing that... that girl will remember his gracious heart for the rest of her life.

Carolyn @ life, love and puppy prints said...

This is such a good story! Thanks for sharing it!!