As a lead up to Thanksgiving (Sorry, Canadians, for you I’m just plain late!), I thought it was time for another Week of Gratitude. This one is going to be a bit eclectic. Yes, I know. They all are. Oh, well.
Years ago, trying to get to JFK for a flight to Ireland, I got both lost and stuck in a traffic jam. Close to panic, I rolled down the car window (yes, it was still the days when we rolled the windows down all by ourselves) and asked the passenger in the car next to me if I was on the right road for JFK. She consulted with her husband in Spanish and then told me to follow her husband.
He took me off the highway and into a really “sketchy” neighborhood. I was almost certain that I was about to be carjacked and maybe even hurt, but he kept driving and driving. After about half an hour I began to see signs for the airport and I tried to pull alongside the other car to gesture that I was now okay, but the other car managed to stay ahead of me.
It was only when we turned into the airport that he pulled over. I went up to his beat-up car and thanked his wife, him and waved at the three little kids in the back seat. I tried to offer him some money as a thank you, but he would not hear of it and waved it off decisively. He drove off with an insouciant wave and I never saw him again. But 20-something years later, I remember that family’s kindness to me.
What stranger(s) have been extraordinarily kind to you?