An Unexpected Light
--by brighteyes, posted Oct 8, 2007
"As I waited at a busy intersection in our city for the red light to change to green, I glanced left; seeing an elderly man groping about on the curb.
He had fallen off of his motorized cart which had lurched a few yards ahead of him, and was crawling off the sidewalk onto the road to pick up his front basket ( which was now in the path of oncoming traffic).
Without a second thought, I rushed over to help him to his feet, and although unsteady and shaken, I was able to walk him to his cart, and help him back onto the seat and reattach his basket. As he glanced up at me, he smiled and said, “Thank you.”
I made sure that he was OK to continue on and then I returned to my car, which I had left at the intersection.
Nobody was honking. They just stared at me. In fact, one pedestrian looked at me from across the street and gave me a big smile and a thumb’s up.
The ironic thing is that I am a big man, usually dressed in biker gear and known to cast a big shadow. Most people avoid me and would think I'd be the last person to offer a helping hand to someone in need. Looks can be deceiving!
The smile on that gentleman's face made my day and put smiles on the faces of many others around me."
Story by C.Pearce