January 14, 2014
My 'Everyday' Heroes of Yesterday
I had guessed right. He pulled his car over and got his gear out. As he did so, another man pulled in next to me and offered to help as well. He looked a lot like Will Smith. The men seemed to know each other, but only just met, yet friends because their auto tags showed each were members of the same college Fraternity. They were brothers in that sense and behaved so as they gave my car the jump it needed to start it.
Once the car was started, I gushed my thanks to these men. They brushed it aside and urged me to idle for 10 minutes then head straight to an Auto Zone to have the battery checked. Their concern for me made me feel as if I was in good hands. Following their advice, I ended up with a new battery and no worries driving to my next several errands around town.
Their heroism lasted just 5 or 10 minutes, but it helped me greatly. After many years of driving unreliable cars, I had grown accustomed to having a good one. This failure of my car battery had made me worry again about making it home without further problems. These men eased my fears and helped me get the long term help I needed. I was back in business without a lot of stress and drama, but with a lot of gratitude.
I hope these men felt good inside for the ‘good turn’ they did for me. It wasn’t grand, nothing to make the papers, but for me it was a big help. I thought of the great line in the movie, “While You Were Sleeping.”
Lucy: You give up your seat every day in the train.
Peter: Well... But that's not heroic.
Lucy: It is to the person who sits in it. (From IMDB)
A house burned to the ground a few days ago in our neighborhood. The family escaped with just the clothes they were wearing. Nothing remains except part of the brick foundation,a charred basket ball goal in their driveway and their charred cars. Within hours of the tragedy, the neighbors donated boxes and more boxes of clothes and supplies for the displaced family. The neighborhood clubhouse became the collection point. When I dropped by, they were turning away boxes of clothes, as they had determined that the family had enough at that point. People continued to stream in, bringing gift cards and cash to help. Most of these generous neighbors won’t miss the money or box of clothes they gave away, but it must have been a real blessing to this family. Just knowing that the neighbors would rally behind them must have given them a big boost.