Facebook Twitter
Home Uncategorized Life’s Little Gifts
formats

Life’s Little Gifts

Published on December 3, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Sometimes it’s not the big events that have the most meaning, but the little things.  A couple of years ago, Rebecca and I were privileged to spend three days in St. Petersburg, Russia. We saw all kinds of palaces, churches, and museums but my happiest memory involves a porta-potty, and an honest woman.

I believe we were in the Church Over the Spilled Blood,

Church Over the Spilled Blood

when typically, I developed a very strong, very urgent need to empty my bladder. There were no facilities in the church so I made my way outside. There on a raised platform were two porta-potties, one on each side of a booth where a woman was collecting a fee to use them.  I believe the cost was 5o kopeks, it may have been less, but it wasn’t more. 50 kopeks is about $.02. The smallest coin I had was one Euro, roughly equivalent to one dollar. I handed in the Euro coin and rushed into the porta-potty. Ah, sweet relief.

When I was finished I left and began to walk away. Suddenly everyone was shouting at me. I turned around to discover the woman accepting the money wanted to give me my change.

As I said we saw many things in St. Petersburg. But ultimately it was not the artwork, the gold, the tapestry, but a very human moment that gave me my fondest memory.

 
 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn
No Comments  comments 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *