About a week ago, as I was pulling out of the parking lot at work, I managed to scrape the car next to me. I am still not sure how I did it--how does one hit the car parked at one’s side when one is pulling forward???--but I did. The damage was minor but real. I left a note on the car’s windshield as I did not know to whom it belonged.
Turns out it belongs to Rosa Davila, a native Colombian who has taught Spanish at Ogden Prep for over ten years. I know Rosa but not well. We say “Hola” as we pass in the hall but that is all.
My insurance agent said if the claim was less than $700 it will not count against me; my insurance will pay it without raising my rate. If the claim is between $700 and $1500 then I would be better off paying it out of my own pocket. If I made a claim it would stay on my record for four years and the increased rate over those four years would make it more economical to cough up $1500 on my own than to submit a claim. The insurance agent instructed me to tell Rosa to get a couple estimates and see what the cost would be.
Rosa obliged. The first estimate came in at $1145.04. On her own, without any asking, pleading, or begging on my part, Rosa went searching for another estimate. I have no idea how much time and effort she invested but I know for certain that she went the extra mile…..probably many extra miles. She spoke to a friend of a friend who said he could do it for $700.
Oh my lands!!
I am so appreciative, so grateful for her graciousness. I hit her car. My carelessness caused her extra work--one of the seven deadly sins in my book! Thanks to me she had to spend time in an auto body shop getting an estimate and will have to deal with getting her car repaired. And, instead of being irritated and annoyed, she went out of her way to make sure I did not have to pay. Much hassle for her, much benefit for me. I am profoundly grateful on many levels; grateful for the money I will not have to spend, grateful for Rosa’s grace in dealing with my mistake, and grateful to be in the presence of a genuinely good person.
Rosa Davila is a genuinely good person.