In The Middle of Nowhere
--by SaraJ22, posted Nov 6, 2007
Knowing absolutely nothing about cars, I popped the hood and proceeded to check the oil (since that's the only thing I knew how to do). As I was doing this, two older men in a truck pulled behind me and asked if I needed help. Of course, I couldn't turn them down since I was so far from home. They could see that I was shaken up and told me to get back in the car and they would take a look to see what was wrong.
After some investigating they informed me that it was my transmission and they could jump my car enough to make it to the service station (just a mile up the road). After charging my car, they led me to the station and went in to tell the mechanic what was wrong. They came back out seconds later to tell me the mechanic was out on a break and probably wouldn't be back (it was a tiny town and was the only station for miles); however, there was a shop with auto parts and would see if they had the right part. They went ahead and purchased the transmission for me and said they could again jump my car enough to drive it up the road to their place where one of them had a shop where he worked on tractors.
I again followed them up the highway to his shop and they began working on my car while I sat in the driver's seat and prayed. After working for about an hour, trying to get the old transmission out and the new one in, they realized that they had gotten the wrong Transmission and would go back into town and get the right one. While they did that, they sent me into the house where his wife had a little hair salon. She offered me something to eat and drink while I waited and just kept me calm with her constant chatter. An hour later the two men appeared again saying that it was all finished and seemed to be running smoothly. I hopped in my car and sure enough everything was working perfectly again.
I couldn't thank them enough for their kindness. I wrote them a check for the transmission and tried to give them more, but they wouldn't accept it, just saying that they would hope someone would do the same thing for their daughter.
I cried and sang and prayed the entire 3 hour drive home... I just couldn't believe that two men would take 4 hours out of their day to help a complete stranger. I still think about that day and how lucky I was.
the men were very kind to you. thanks very much for sharing that with us. i enjoyed reading that story. take care of yourself! (and your car ;p)
Also, why are people surprised at the act of kindness? Most people I know would have done the same thing....
And this may sound harsh, please understand I'm not saying it to be mean, but what's with all the sobbing? I mean, it's just a car. And so you might have gotten stranded somewhere. I can understand maybe sighing in resignation, or an "Oh for pete's sake!", but if you are crying over something as minor as being somewhere you don't want to be with a broken down car, there are other things seriously wrong in your life. Like I said, I'm not trying to be mean. Blunt yes, mean, no.