Wednesday, December 19, 2012


I’m still grateful to those guys.  Even though I never got their names.  They came along at the right time-just when we needed them.

The previous summer, Stuart and I had moved to Western New York from the much milder town of Corvallis Oregon, and the harshness of our new surroundings in winter caught us off guard.  A snowy road-one late afternoon, a bully of another driver-right on our tail as we were returning home from a neighboring village, and lack of proper traction devices spelled disaster as we skidded off the road into a deep bank of snow.  (And to our shock and dismay, the bully driver kept right on going!)  I remember the panic I felt at the seemingly hopeless state of our situation.

And then they showed up.  Half a dozen of the toughest looking young men I’d ever seen, and my first reaction, I’m ashamed to admit, was that in addition to being stranded, we were now going to be robbed.  Oh was I ever wrong.  Scrambling out of a big old beat up truck, and armed with chains and able bodies, those dear boys proceeded to push and pull us out of the snow bank.  They made sure we were ok and fit to travel again, all the while shrugging off our profuse thanks, and then then they were gone. 

While the kindness of these fellows and what they did for us could be written off as simply the right and decent thing to do, given the gravity of our situation, still, it was a choice they made-to do good, instead of letting the opportunity go by. And it also reinforced my belief that when it comes right down to it, for the most part, we want to help one another-in fact, we can’t help ourselves.

Random acts of kindness. The big ones as well as the small ones.  Moments when the light of humanity shines the brightest.

It’s what the world needs more of, so desperately, right now.





  1. How wonderful that they showed up when they did!

  2. Well put. I remember when we slid off the interstate in the dead of winter once. Several people stopped to help. I still believe goodness and random acts of kindness far outweigh evil in the world. We just tend to focus more on the evil because it's so awful - and to the media, it gets more "clicks" or people viewing their newscasts.

  3. Lisa-it sure was! We weren't prepared at all to be stranded. Very stupid on our part, but then it didn't even occur to us that we might find ourselves in that situation! No cell phones back then either!

    Melissa-I agree! I think we are all basically good and kind, but the media feeds off of stories of evil. I think the best way to deal with that is to try to find even more ways to do acts of kindness, even if they never get attention. They make a difference in the lives of those involved, and that is what matters. And I truly think kindness and goodness are contagious:)

  4. Oh my gosh, that sounds so scary. I can't believe the guy behind you just kept on going! Thank God for those other men who helped you. There really are good people left in this world!

  5. That is a wonderful story. Looks are deceiving aren't they.
    I will and more. B

  6. Tammy, there really are good people in the world! My blog friends, including you, are proof of that:)

    B. I shouldn't have judged them so quickly because they were so nice.

    And I will too, and more.

  7. Valerie! oh! i'm still here, just not posting anything until Wednesday after Christmas. ya see i dont want to go back to the library until then, if i dont have a computer back yet. and... i exchanged by new camera for a NEW Sony cyber-shot!!! Yay. I love it! The ONLY thing i don't like about it is that i don't have a computer to post these awesome photos to YET. dang. but i will still be commenting alot for the rest o la week. :D

  8. I'm happy you'll still be around Renae! I'm so glad you have a better camera-and now for a new computer and you'll be set! Have a very merry Christmas my friend!

  9. So glad you were alright and got the help you needed.

    Mele Kalikimaka to you and your family!

  10. Thanks Lisa!

    Mele Kalikimaka to you too!!