A gift, or a good deed, anything like that is nice. When something is done unexpectedly, and out of the blue, it makes it extra sweet and heart felt. But I think I am selfish when it comes to unexpected surprises like free parking, or free admission becuase I then wish I had known about it beforehand and could have made previous arrangements to extend the enjoyment of it.
Take for example today. Free parking was offered, but I knew nothing about it. Before I got to the campus, I had raced to get to my local laundromat to convert some dollar bills into coinage for the parking machine. Because of that little detour, I was late getting in, hoping to avoid the between-class stampede of people coming and going into the parking lot. I raced like “Surrey car thief on crack,” getting to the campus, trying to beat the rush. Unfortunately I hit the mass of vehicles crawling in and out of the parking lot. For all my efforts I idled into the parking lot for more than ten minutes searching for any spot to park. This is what I saw when got to the parking-ticket machine dispenser.
When I approached the parking machine and saw the sign, I hung my head and limped back to my vehicle to get my books. I felt wounded and defeated, but was $4.00 richer. “Was it worth it,” I muttered to myself?