Ponder this:

Monday, February 28, 2011

These are the things that make the world go 'round.

Husband phoned me at work early this afternoon. His truck had died at an intersection of country roads. I hung up and told Alan, "I have to go," and hurried out of the office, with Alan calling behind me, "If you can't get back, we'll hold the fort."
I reached my marooned spouse in good time and we needed to get the truck out of the road. I got in and steered and Husband pushed. A passing driver stopped and ran over to help. When the vehicle was safely off to the side of the road, the man jumped back in his car and went on his way. The sheriff stopped on his way past to see if everything was all right. Husband told him, "I have a tow truck coming for it . . . it just stopped!"
"They'll do that," the sheriff said, smiled, and went on his way. I delivered Husband to his appointment and went back to work.  
Mike had just helped Pete fix some glitch in Pete's computer.
Mike's vehicle wouldn't start and he needed to get to a class at three o'clock. Pete, whose work was finished, said he'd go get a burger to kill some time, and would come back and drive Mike to the class.
Husband called and said that neighbor Christopher had left a message on his cell phone. Chris had seen the truck on the shoulder of the road. "If you need some help, call me."


If a person never had things go wrong, he'd never find out how good and helpful people are.

12 comments:

Hilary said...

Now that's comforting.. nice to know, isn't it? :)

#1Nana said...

Yeah, I learned that when we hospitalized our son years ago for a substance abuse problem. I didn't try to keep it secret because, of course, in a small town everyone knows everything. I was surprised at how supportive everyone was and how everyone had a story about someone in their family who fought the same demons.

It was a good lesson to learn. People don't know you need help and support unless you let them in.

Linda Myers said...

A couple of years ago I ruptured my Achilles tendon. After surgery I couldn't walk or drive for three months. I sent an email to everyone at my workplace requesting a ride to work in the mornings in return for an espresso. I got eight responses. Two of the women I didn't even know. Those eight people bailed me out for the three months. The first week I could drive I took them all out for lunch. Wonderful that people will help!

georgia little pea said...

Lovely! I need this reminder off and on. Much better to read about it here than actually have something go wrong, so I can find out.

P.S. Just discovered your blog not too long ago and have been surreptitiously reading. How can I go past that inspired blog name? :)

The Cranky Crone, she lives alone! said...

How very true, apart from a heart warming post, for me to see that you have a Sheriff, brings all kinds of images to my mind! Sounds so much better than The Policeman.

Grandmother said...

I, too, just discovered your wonderful blog. I'm glad. I'ts good to live in a place where people watch out for and care for each other. It's what life is all about.

Olga said...

We have been helped by complete strangers on some of our travels...it does make me think better of the human condition.

Carolynn said...

So very true. I love the interweaving that went on here. Kind of a Six Degrees of Separation kinda thing. Kevin Bacon didn't happen by at any point, did he?

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Sounds like a really nice community .... and I expect you both do more than your share of helping out , too !

Barb said...

It's easy to find the negative, but you somehow aways make me feel grateful, June.

Wanda..... said...

Seems all had a good day, EVEN WITH A BUMP IN THE ROAD.

Freda said...

You're so right - and I needed to hear that today. Thanks