What do you do when you’re stranded without a way out? A flat tire on the side of a rural road can end up taking hours out of your day if you have no way to contact anyone. Relying on the kindness of strangers can also be such a gamble – not like it was 30 years ago. When you find yourself in a bind and no clear way to get out of it, how to you keep going? One guy was saved a lot of trouble from an unsuspecting kid.
Leaving a store, I returned to my car only to find that I’d locked my keys and cell phone inside. A teenager riding his bike saw me kick a tire and say a few choice words. “What’s wrong?” he asked.
I explained my situation. “But even if I could call my wife,” I said, “she can’t bring me her car key, since this is our only car.” He handed me his cell phone. “Call your wife and tell her I’m coming to get her key.”
“That’s seven miles round trip.”
“Don’t worry about it.”
An hour later, he returned with the key. I offered him some money, but he refused. “Let’s just say I needed the exercise,” he said.
Then, like a cowboy in the movies, he rode off into the sunset.
I do have to wonder what kind of store he was in that didn’t have a phone for him to use to call his wife. And I have to wonder why he didn’t just call someone to unlock the car instead. Maybe he didn’t have triple A. Maybe his wife was too afraid to ride the bus to the store, or maybe she couldn’t ride the bus to the store. Your guess is as good as mine…but this story shows that there are still good people out there who don’t mind lending a hand when it’s needed. And I guess that’s really what matters the most 🙂
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