Sometimes, I will post about a special person or circumstance that I want to share with Green Talk readers. Here is one of those situations:
One minute I was sharing a light hearty moment with my kids. The next moment I heard the most awful sounds of rubber screeching, metal hitting metal, and a thud that I can not get out of my head. All this noise was from two cars that collided on a road near me. Instinctively, I raced from my car to see if everyone was alright. I only heard the crash. I never saw what happened. There on the side of the road was an elderly woman who seemed in shock and another middle aged woman lying on the pavement of a diner’s driveway. My first thoughts were that the elderly woman had hit the pedestrian. Was she going to be okay?
People were huddled around the woman on the driveway, putting a towel under her head, and making sure she was okay. The elderly woman was stuck in her car and looked completely lost. Her side door was completely crushed. She could barely speak.
I reached in to see how this woman was doing. This could have been my grandmother. At that moment, a younger woman came over to check on the elderly woman. “I’m a doctor,” she exclaimed as she saw the bewilderment in my face as to who she was. I said to myself, thank goodness a doctor was here to help. After she checked on the elderly woman, I asked her if the woman on the ground was okay and she replied that she was just dazed. Apparently, the two cars collided and the woman got out of her car fearing the smoke that came out of her own car. As she left her car, she weakened and sank to the ground.
I watched as this young doctor spoke to both women in crisis. I was in awe of how she made each one of them feel safe and comforted by her presence. As I learned later, she was an obstetrician, a person who brings life into the world. But on that day, she was just a doctor trained to save lives. It was an honor for me to be the guardian of the young doctor’s purse as she tended to both women.
During all of this commotion, people quietly came over to the elder woman offering to call someone for her and checking up on her. “Grandma” may have broken a rib and was having a hard time breathing. They could not reach anyone close to Grandma and I felt so bad for her since she seemed to be alone and frightened. Her car did not have an air bag. She must have hit the steering wheel pretty hard.
I don’t know who caused the accident that day, nor did I care. What I saw was the human spirit in its most beautiful form. So many people reaching out and helping. Giving of themselves. No selfishness displayed. Just pure caring. Amublances came to get both women. As I left, I forgot to ask the older woman’s name because she could barely speak. I saw the look in her eyes as she mouthed the words thank you as I told her that I had to leave. I won’t forget it. I touched someone that day as she touched me. Time stood still for me at that moment.
I walked away that day and knew in my heart the Planet is going to be okay. Humans have the most magnificent ability to love and care. I saw it today. They will take care of the Planet. I know it.
Does anyone have any stories when another human has touched you or you touched another human or circumstances like my story above happens that shows the kindness in humans? Tell your story. We all need feel good stories….