I know we’ve had “kindness of strangers” stories before, but here is another.
Took Guinevere to her doggie class Monday night. The school is built on a hill and there are two parking areas, one up top that we’ve been warned is occasionally ticketed and the one that goes down the hill in the back. I have always parked down the hill.
It was only about an inch of snow and I wasn’t very worried until I got down to the bottom of the hill and turned around to get into my favorite parking spot and slid a bit. So I thought maybe I should park up top, just in case. Now, you should know , I don’t have great tires, but I don’t have a great need for them, living on a well-plowed county road and surrounded by other well-plowed thoroughfares (50th, Crosstown, 35W, 100). But this was one of those times when I needed better tires; I could not get back up the hill.
There is a spot off the parking lot, behind a bank of garages and I thought “I’ll zip in there and when I come out I can get a little speed to get me up the hill”. If I had really looked at the area I was about to enter, I would not have done this. It clearly hadn’t been plowed since the LAST snow – once I was back there, I could not get out. And to add insult to injury, for some reason I did not have any gloves in my pocket.
In between the two halves of the class I tried shoveling out and did get the car moved closer to the parking lot, but then got stuck again. When I went back inside and started to call AAA, Terry (one of the instructors) said “Let’s go take a look.” He and John (who I had never met) came out, attached a big strap to the back of my car and basically pulled me out of the snow and all the way to the top of the driveway backwards. I was able to park up top and finish doggie class!
I have a thank you card design in mind and I think I will deliver them with zucchini bread next Monday night.
What the last kindness you’ve received (or given)?