This morning I was in a car accident. A teen driver plowed into me at a pretty good speed. Once I gained my senses (and it took me a good few moments to get out of the car) I did what comes naturally for me-- I hugged her! She apologized profusely and I hugged her more and told her all that mattered was that we were well. Only 17 years old, this young women will remember how a stranger exhibited kindness to her and forgave her immediately.
I'm still shaken and I'm going to be sore. But we are both okay.
I loved the way you responded with compassion instead of anger. You set a very good example. When my young adult daughter back-ended somebody with her car at a busy turn light, she had never been in an accident before. I was so glad that the woman who's car she hit was also, like you, very kindhearted. It was barely a scratch afterall and both my daughter and her were fine...a tiny fender bender with not enough damage to even get our insurance companies involved. I think it made an impression on my daughter and she really is a safe driver...just one of those times where you think somebody is going to be going forward at the yellow light and they don't. Happy to hear that you weren't hurt and hopefully your vehicle isn't too damaged. You never even mentioned your car's condition!