I was standing waiting for the red light to turn green. An elderly woman came along in a wheelchair, looked at me and smiled. I smiled back and turned away quickly. When the light turned, I was about to start walking, when the elderly woman said, “Miss, can you push me across the street. I’ll give you $2.00.” I said, “Sure.” While pushing her, the drivers paid no attention to the fact that an elderly woman was trying to get across the street. More than a few drivers honked their horns in impatience. We got to the other side, and I asked her if she was all right, and she said she was. I began to walk away and she said, “Miss, here’s your $2.00.” And I replied, “Oh, it’s all right. You can keep it.” And I was curious about the $2.00, so I asked her, “Do people usually take the $2.00?” She looked up at me and said, “Always.” I watched her as she wheeled herself away from me. I don’t feel what I did was very noble, but it’s the only thing that I can remember doing that would qualify as noble.
It amazes me that people would actually take $2.00 from an elderly woman to push her across the street. What a world we live in!
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