Helping One Mother To Another
--by sheiladbauman, posted May 17, 2011
My husband stayed home with my daughter, and I took my son in to the ER after a fall off the slide, where he landed on his head.
We were in the ER for observation for a couple of hours and when it was time to leave I realized I had no money with me to pay the toll to leave the emergency parking lot. It was late enough (10 p.m.) that the cafeteria wasn't open, and my credit card wasn't working in the ATM machine. The hospital volunteer told me to find a security guard who might help me with a token, but they were no where to be found.
So, I called my husband trying to figure out what's the easiest way to get us home. All the time I'm holding my 3-year-old who is very tired and stressed from the ER visit. Unknown to me, a mom is listening to me talk to my husband. When I hang up she approaches me and asks how much I need. I started crying. I was relieved, tired, overwhlemed, and so grateful. My little guy is wiping the tears from my cheeks and I'm blubbering my thanks to this stranger.
She's holding her sick-looking 3-year-old in her arms, and is offering to help me, one mom to another.
That $8 felt like receiving one million!
This was eight months ago, but I still vividly remember my feelings of overwhelming stress and then relief when she offered helped. I now always make sure I have money tucked away for an emergency ~either mine, or another person who is in need.
Thank you for this wonderful story '' sheiladbauman''!
A million smiles to you and god bless you always!