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Liam in the Metro, Paris

Alexander in the Metro, Paris

Alexander and Evan, Paris

Alexander, Paris

We leave for Paris again tomorrow, and this time we are taking our two boys.

Though Evan and I have been traveling back and forth about every six weeks, the boys haven't been there since last year. It's been all smiles and talks of taking the metro, eating croissants and riding the carousels.

Of course I keep focusing on the plane ride, and the impeding chaos that entails.

But I've been practicing random acts of kindness all day in order to put as much good karma into the world as I can.

One act wasn't too well received, however. I was in Penn Station, and a woman was rushing through the subway turnstile trying to catch an approaching train. Her metro card had insufficient funds and she freaked out. So I swiped my card figuring I'd help her out. Well, she freaked out more. I mean really, really freaked out. This is what she said (screamed):

"Why did you do that? WHY did you do that? Now I feel guilty. WHY did you do that? You shouldn't have done that. WHY, WHY did you do that?!?"

I didn't know whether to feel guilty or laugh. After all, we're only talking about $2.25.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Jessica Nichols

Definitely do not feel guilty. Sheesh.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by jack + jenn

Oh, New Yorkers.. lol. Have a great time in Paris!


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Renovation Therapy

LOL! Totally laugh.

Eat lots of bread & chocolate for me.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Elizabeth

That is pretty funny. Interesting response to your good deed!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Lady Ren

That is so funny. I agree with T.Allen that is totally double karma points.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by T.Allen-Mercado

Laughing Just as I was wondering what wonderful city you were exiting en route to Paris! I'm a Native and that response is befuddling to me!Perhaps, she upped the good karma ante:double score for erratic behavior.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by the sassy kathy

hahahahaha. wow. you know, you try and be nice and of course you get a Crazy…

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by keli *

Wow. I wonder if she felt stupid 5 minutes later. Way to go on your R.A.K.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Laughter-Loving Stacy

I think you should laugh a little. She's probably been having a really bad day and felt overwhelmed is all. I wouldn't take it personally :) :)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Joanna

Of course. You perform a little act of kindness, and it backfires on you. It's the way of the world.

P.S. That woman has problems. At least you have an amusing story you can tell your grandchildren…and random strangers via your blog. :-)

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