The other day I happened to get to witness a Wonderful Act of Kindness. A huge SUV with a couple of women stalled in the middle of a very busy intersection. The driver hopped out right away to push it through, but it was a huge car, and she was one person, and the intersection was very big and there was a lot of traffic staring at her.
From out of nowhere, several men appeared–I was keeping an eye out for anyone trying to help, as I had my kids in the car and didn’t feel safe leaving them so I could help push. When I say from nowhere, that’s how it really felt. They just…appeared. I take that to mean they had noticed from far away and taken more than the usual effort to get to the car and push it. It was just…wonderful.
I shared the moment on my Facebook author page (not the FB account that I quit!) and asked everyone to share their stories with me…their “WAK-y” stories, if you will. (Get it? Wonderful Acts of Kindness? I’m thinking that could be a thing.)
My mom’s dear friend Dorothy shared her story right away, and it really touched me, so I want to share it here, with you all! She lives in a small town in Eastern Oregon where kindness holds the day.
“I saw one today as a matter of fact. We have a very busy 4 lane expressway as you go into town. At the 4 way stop light an elderly man was in his scooter and it must have run out of battery power because he was trying his best to push it across the highway himself and having some difficulty doing so. It was also 101 degrees outside today. Well, a man a couple of cars ahead of me at the stop light got out of his rig (he was in the right hand lane) and helped to push the scooter all the way across the 4 lanes. Another man coming in the other direction stopped to help as well. People were very polite and did not go when the light turned green for them. They all remained still and honked approval when the younger man completed his deed and ran back across the highway to his vehicle. The second man that helped pulled over and must have offered to take the older man home because he and his passenger put his scooter in the back of their pickup and off they went. And yes, it did make me smile.”
We talked about her story a little bit and she concluded, “I live in an incredible area. We really do care about each other.”
I couldn’t agree more!
I have another Wonderful Act of Kindness to share from that conversation as well…
A mother named Sarah shared, “My tire blew out as I was driving home, and a man stopped and without hesitation changed tires for me. So thankful for him. I didn’t get his name, but now I need to pay if forward. So thankful God sent him to me. I was able to get home safely with my 2 boys.”
That really touched me, because I have been there! I had my two babies–aged two and not quite one–in the car with me when the tire blew on the I205 bridge. Sure, I know how to change a tire, just not when I’m panicked. I didn’t have a cell phone back then either, so I pulled over as soon as it was safe, praying that I hadn’t ruined the wheel, and then stood at the side of the highway, waving. A super nice man who didn’t speak very much English and was driving his work truck pulled over right away and changed it for me. I didn’t have words to thank him enough, or money to tip him with, and he disappeared into the afternoon, never to be seen again. I don’t know what I would have done if I had been stranded there for very long.
I know, I wouldn’t have been stranded long, though. Because the world is quite full of people ready to perform Wonderful Acts of Kindness.
What about you all? Do you have any stories to share? Have you witnessed a Wonderful Act of Kindness recently? Post them in the comments if you do!