A Samaritan Act That Deserved a Smiley Sticker

Have you ever found yourself in a lonely pickle and wondered how in the world you would get out of it? This happened to a friend of my mother’s recently. She, however, found herself being rescued from her pickle by two unexpected people!

I have an interesting story to tell that will hopefully leave you with several points to ponder that would include: the belief in the true goodness in human nature, the value of not pre-judging others, and the importance of the foundation of good teachers in our lives. Let me preface the story with the fact that my mother taught kindergarten for 30 years at the Methodist Church in Elkin, North Carolina. (You’ll understand this tidbit of information at the end of the article.)

Her friend found herself at a stop light in the middle of a busy intersection in Elkin where an accident had just occurred. There was a long line of cars and a busy policeman. To make matters worse, it was pouring rain. She noticed the vibrating car in front of her that contained two teenage boys who were jamming to the booming bass coming from the stereo system.

She then began to notice strange sounds coming from her car engine as it idled during the lengthy wait. At long last, it was time to go, but her car had another idea. It decided to completely shut down in lieu of cooperation.

She glanced in her rearview mirror and noticed a clean cut man attired in a business suit and sunglasses in a BMW. She looked pleadingly at him as she thought to herself, ‘Thank goodness. He looks like someone who will help me.’ He, however, gave her a rude gesture, shook his head impatiently and capped it off by honking his horn loudly.

She then glanced up to see the two teenage boys in front of her jump out of their loud car and come running toward her. One yelled out, “I’ll be right back! Don’t go anywhere!” He headed to the man in the car behind her and yelled out, “Do your designer sunglasses not let you see that this lady is in trouble and needs help? If you stop blowing your horn, we’re going to help her.”

Her friend sat in stunned disbelief, as the two boys began pushing her car from behind into the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. The next moment, one of the boys was running up to her with a large, cool soda drink that he had bought for her in the restaurant. He said, “You look like you could probably use this.”

They asked her if she needed a lift somewhere and she replied that she was on her way to a meeting at the Methodist Church. One of the boys spoke up saying, “Oh, I know where that is. I went to Mrs. Dudley’s kindergarten there. She always taught us to do right by people. She would have put me in “time out” if I had not helped you. She taught us well. We’ll take you there.”

On the ride over to the church, she felt a comfortable, warm feeling with her unexpected, special new friends who had unexpectedly saved her from her lonely pickle. I’m sure my mother would give you all a Smiley Sticker for your Good Samaritan act.   Hunter Darden-order personalized copies of my books by scrolling to the top and clicking on the link or email me at hunterdarden@gmail.com.


About Hunter

Hunter has been living her dream of being an author after falling in love with the Nancy Drew Mysteries in the fourth grade. She has incorporated her love for words along with her psychology degree from Meredith College to create books that can be aids in healthy nourishment for the mind. She is the author of five children's books, a photography book and a novel. She has been a human interest columnist for The Charlotte Observer (2001-2005) as well. She was the recipient of the "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" by The Author's Show, the Meredith College Career Achievement Alumnae Award and the Excellence in Creative Writing Award by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. She is a public speaker and teaches a writing camp for kids called Writer's Cramp Camp. (The animated art on this blog is provided by http://www.appleanimation.com)
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