A Philadelphia mom breathed a big sigh of relief and resolved to pay it forward after a Philadelphia Parking Authority officer left a note instead of a citation on her windshield.

The woman’s inspection had inspired–it slipped her mind, she said–and her heart skipped a beat when she saw the envelope on her windshield. But instead of a ticket, she found a note: “You have an expired inspection. Did not give you a ticket–saw the two car seats in the back. Please get your inspection done, merry Christmas.”

She said it made a big difference–she scheduled her inspection and walked around her neighborhood, leaving notes for her neighbors reminding them to get their inspections taken care of before they risked tickets, too.

Holiday spirit from a kind parking encounter–we might have something in our eye.