I was leaving my friend’s apartment this afternoon and as I was walking into the garage, I hear a woman yelling and banging on her car window. I ask her if she’s okay and she tells me her son is locked in the car. I walk over and take a look and the 8 month old is trying to get out of his car seat. I am immediately in “What can we do!” mode and I start asking her questions, “Do you have roadside service? Yes but, it would take too long. Extra set of keys upstairs? Nope. Crap. My heart went out to her.
She calls her husband and pleads with him to bring the keys. She then tells me what happened: As she was getting the baby out of the car, her 2 year old needed help with something and she placed the baby back in his seat and put the car keys on the seat and then the 2 year old shut the door and she went into full panic mode. As a mom of 3 I can totally relate to her situation; you are trying to balance one kid and pick up the other, it’s hard and things happen so quick. I really just wanted to stay with her and keep her calm while she was waiting for her husband to come and open the car. It was soooo freakin hot in the garage and sweat was dripping all down my dress, but I didn’t want to leave her. Another woman happened by and came to offer support as well and several times she told us we didn’t have to stay, but we both stayed. It was unspoken between us, we were not going to leave her.
Finally the garage opened and the husband came zooming in, popped the locks and she snatched the baby of the car. My heart finally relaxed. She thanked me and gave me a hug and I was happy to have been there for her. I would hope that if I had been in the situation, someone would have been there for me.
So it got me to thinking, what can we do to help others? Not the obvious things like donating to charity, but the small things we don’t necessary think about…
Here’s a few suggestions I have tried:
- Put a quarter in someone’s meter that’s over time.
- Pay the toll for the car behind you
- Bring dinner to a sick friend
- Help someone whose car is broken down
- Let someone who has less items go in line in front of you
- Pay the tab for someone sitting next to you or near you in a restaurant
- Put a shopping cart even if it wasn’t yours
- Pick up trash – help keep the earth beautiful
- Send flowers to someone who really needs a pick me up
- Give someone a hug who needs it.
What do you think? How you done something really selfless lately for someone else? Let me know!
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