Friday, May 13, 2011

The Kindness of Strangers

Driving long the 101 in Arizona late this evening after a particularly hard day, I passed a highway patrol man parked on the side of the slow lane with a radar detector in hands.
I hoped he wouldn't notice the crack in my windshield and give me a ticket.
At that very same moment, I saw a silver truck whizz past on my left weaving in and out of lanes like he was driving on virtual race track.  

I wondered why the patrolman did not pursue.  It was quite apparent that the silver truck was an accident waiting to happen.

I even had that thought:  That guy is an accident waiting to happen.
And he was.

Less that 5 seconds later there was a puff of smoke -- 4 cars ahead.
Before I knew it, a bright yellow 1950's hotrod was flipped upside down with its top completely smashed in.
The silver truck was smashed into median divider, airbags deployed.

It was awful to see something like that happen, right in front of my face.  But strangely enough, I didn't even have time to wonder if the man under the hot rod was dead or alive, because in that very moment,  I saw the seeds of greatness spring to life.

Every single vehicle around me stopped.   None of them tried to pass the wreckage.  Not one.  I'm not talking about 1 or 2  vehicles.  It was more like 20 or 30 -- which included a Harley motorcycle gang.

Men and women got out of their cars and raced to the scene.  
They opened their trunks and pulled out blankets and emergency supplies.
They pulled an injured man out of the hot rod and administered first aid.
They dialed 911.
Some of them even put their arm around the man in the truck and stood by his side.

I got out of my car too.
But I didn't need to do a thing, because it had already been done.

So I sat there and cried because I was grateful to see that act of goodness -- people who didn't hesitate and wonder if they had time  or the ability to lend a helping hand.

They saw someone in need and went to work.


Meagan at Fairly Fabulous Blog dot com said...

wow. just wow. what a beautiful act to witness. I think I would have been stuck with my jaw open in the awe of it all. thank you for sharing.

Eve said...

That is amazing, thank you for passing that experience on. I hope you are okay.

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

I'm so glad you're all right. I hope the hot rod man isn't doing too badly, and I'm sure the driver of the truck learned something from this. Hugs to you!

Nanette said...

Thank you for sharing this. It is a wonderful example that despite hard times, there is still goodness and kindness in people. What a tragic thing to witness though!!!

Cara @ Gardenview Cottage said...

Crystal, I haven't checked in on your blog in a while and it was so fun to read your posts! You make me smile with your whit and humor. Love your blog and I am so excited about your sewing classes! I have started sewing a little and I realize I don't know what the heck I am doing! I even broke my sewing machine sewing over a pom-pom! HA! I need you! (it's in the shop BTW) Love your house..I didn't see Mrs. Meers?, love all of it!

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