July 12, we were able to witness first-hand the common courtesy and goodwill it seems that many individuals have chosen not to employ on a daily basis. We came upon a misfortune while on our lunch breaks, stranded on the side of a well-traveled road with a flat tire. Of course we had the equipment as well as the motivation to propel ourselves out of the predicament, but to our dismay, our efforts were met with little progress. We were stuck. The two of us sat on the car, watching car after car pass, many honked and waved which only increased the comedy in the situation. We really were stranded on a busy road!
It was after a sheriff's department squad car passed us that we realized in a day and age where people are both too preoccupied as well as too conditioned not to help one another that we might actually end up walking for help. It was then that a very nice man and his little boy, Jared, came to our "rescue." They had passed us once, and upon passing again, realized that we were still there, and stopped to offer help. He made every effort to relieve us of our situation, applying all his available tools and persistence, even running to his home to get the proper equipment. He changed the tire and sent us on our way back to work, saying it was no problem for him to lend us 30 minutes out of his day.
Of course it was a gorgeous sunny day in Brained, we were not involved in an extreme crisis, nor was either of us alone or in immediate danger, but the circumstances still stood. We needed help. A very kind individual provided just that, and we can only imagine the scenario if the elements were more drastic. Perhaps nobody would have stopped. So thank you, kind sir, whose name we didn't catch, as well as little Jared, for renewing our faith in the goodness and generosity few individuals choose to make known. You literally made our day.
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