Yesterday afternoon the girls and I were on our way home from the beach when we heard a loud "crunch" and felt our car jerk forward. We were rear-ended.
Once I pulled to the side of the road, a blonde-haired woman in her late thirties approached my window, apologizing profusely. She asked how we were, remarking that when she noticed car seats in our vehicle, her heart dropped. This lovely woman gave me about six hugs, kissed each of my girls on their foreheads and offered her assistance in every way. It was very clear that had the situation been reversed and I had bumped in to her SUV, she would have responded the same way.
It was the pleasantest fender-bender I've ever been in. People around here are so, so very nice. They're thoughtful and generous. This was only one of innumerable instances of kindness I've encountered while living here.
The girls and I said three "Hail Marys" for her on the way home. I have no idea whether she is Christian or has any faith whatsoever, but please, Lord, give her the grace she needs to meet You one day, face-to-face in heaven. Should I make it myself, I would very much like to meet her again there.