In the past few days I’ve had a couple of reminders of how help can come in so many different forms. Some is requested, some come out of the blue. Some are large efforts, others a small gesture. All have their place; all have their purpose.
Yesterday was unbelievably hot here, and as I sat at a light on Rte 1 on my drive home, the vehicle at the front of the line stalled. It was an ancient blue conversion van, driven by whom I do not know, but the look of it it didn’t convey a message of mechanical aptitude behind the wheel. Right behind the van, and directly in front of me, was a pickup truck that screamed testosterone. No, it didn’t have rubber balls hanging off the trailer hitch. It had a large sticker that stated “Official weather tracking vehicle,” another that read “Red Cross support staff” and a third that had the Marine emblem and something about supporting veterans. Just the kind of vehicle that makes this gal think “somebody’s compensating for something …” Yet … out pops pickup-truck-guy from the driver’s side (baseball cap and mirrored sunglasses, natch), who speaks to the van driver for about 3 seconds, and then proceeds to push the van out of the roadway to the side of the road! I don’t know what ever happened to the van guy, but I do know that he didn’t have to endure the verbal assaults of sweaty angry commuters, thanks to a guy who lived up to his own hype. Jumping to action, pushing a van by himself in 98 degree heat and humidity — this guy’s the real deal.
Sometimes help is requested, such as help we’re getting from the home health aide who started at my parents’ house today. She’s still there as I speak, so I haven’t gotten the full scoop yet on how the day went, but I did speak to my brother a couple of hours ago, and he was positively giddy: “She did all the dishes!” “She had Mom up and walking around when I got back from the store!” “She just finished vacuuming the living room!”
Tom sounded happier than I have heard him in a very long time. It was the happiness of a great pressure being released. Relief, in its purest form. All because someones’ going to be coming to the house to help.
What types of help have you witnessed lately?