I have never been very good at navigating my way through the one-way streets downtown. Recently, I was searching for a park and had to loop the area of Portage Avenue and Hargrave Street several times before I found a spot.
Running a few minutes late, I finally found parking in a lot on Hargrave near the MTS Centre and rushed to Investors Group’s fundraising event for the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. I was feeling pretty good and much more relaxed when I left the event just over an hour later and headed to my car.
Little did I know that relaxed feeling wouldn’t last very long. With a line up of cars behind me, I made my way to the parking booth to pay the attendant and quickly learned that the lot was cash only. After searching my purse for spare change, I was mortified to find that I didn’t have the $4.50 to cover the parking fee.
I was so embarrassed when the attendant made all the cars behind me back up so I could get out of the way. Upon exiting my car to seek out an ATM on foot, I heard a voice call out "Hey miss, don’t worry. You are good to go. I paid for you." I was just so amazed that someone would show me such kindness after I had inconvenienced them. Feeling embarrassed for the handout, I said I couldn’t possibly accept, but the kind stranger said he’d already paid and was happy to help.
I would like to extend my sincere and heartfelt thanks to the two men in the silver Zen Landscapes truck who generously paid for my parking that day. The rest of my day was certainly "Zen" after that experience.
— Kim Mardero