22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
~ Galatians 5:22-23 ~
No, we are not Catholic, but I was greatly blessed by a very sweet, grandfatherly, toll-booth man during my last rotation. I always hated paying my tolls, not being accustomed to it from living in Ohio for so long. One day he commented on how much he liked my smile as I paid my toll. Politely, I thanked him and continued on my way. When he saw me again, he said, "There's that smile again! Don't ever lose that!" After a few days of this, I decided to ask him his name--from then on we were friends and took about 20 seconds each day (trying not to hold up our line too badly) chatting. One day when I left work early from not feeling well, he told me he'd be praying for me as he showed me his icon of Mary. As my rotation neared a close, I sadly mentioned that this was my last week. On the last day that he worked when I was passing through, he looked at me sadly and said, "Well, this is the last time I'm going to see you I guess. Here, take this (handing me the charm above)," pressing it into my hand and saying, "it's already been blessed."
Donald was a very sweet man and reminded me to slow down and enjoy life. Had I not taken the moment to ask him his name, I never would have made a friend or had that blessing in my life. Also, it completely changed my attitude about paying my tolls. Rather than sulking and whining about it, it became the highlight of my day.