As you may know or may not know, I have a volunteer gig where I drive old people to places. They’re not supposed to give me anything in return except a small amount of money that is calculated by the volunteer agency.
This one old lady I have been driving has been insisting that I take her $10 every time I see her. I decline and then try to bargain down to $5 but I’ve ended up taking the $10 each time. I rationalize it’s not so bad with the following reasons…
- It makes her feel good
- She thinks she might die soon
I thought I had 3 reasons but I guess not.
Today she pushed me into taking $20. I really didn’t want to take it but she started getting upset so I just accepted it.
About half a year ago I was helping a really old blind guy with his groceries and taking him to the bank. When I got him home he wanted to give me $20. I told him it was too much but he insisted. I thought about it after, that maybe it was too much because maybe he didn’t realize he was giving me a 20. Canadian bills are different colours but still, he’s legally blind.
If they were to call a taxi to take them around it would be much more expensive and would not provide the assistance I give them as well but I still feel a bit bad for taking their money sometimes.
I suppose they want me to enjoy the money they give me so I do. Today I went and bought some used records.
Daily Prompt: Volunteer