Back in September, I had a very nice experience on the way to the Photovision photography exhibition in the Croke Park conference centre in Dublin.
I meant to write about it immediately but just didn’t. Life. Bah!
Having driven for two hours, I arrived outside the centre to find no obvious place to park. I pulled in to the very small forecourt outside the Croke Park Hotel and surveyed the scene. A man in a business suit appeared at the entrance to the hotel foyer. Perhaps it was the lack of baggage but something told me that this was a man that worked there. I eased forward in first, lowering the passenger side window. I asked if he could help with directions. I told him where I was headed. He informed me that I was at the wrong side of the conference centre for parking. He appeared to be considering what directions to give but instead he said that I should just proceed into the hotel car park, which was underground just ahead and left of my position. He told me to present the car park ticket at reception when the conference was over and they would “look after it”. In Ireland, that’s how we say it’s a freeby.
I was touched by his unhesitant generosity and kindness to a fellow human being.
Well done sir. And thank you.