Good Samaritan's Cell Phone to the Rescue
--by cabbage, posted May 16, 2008
I then realized that my front tooth was lying on the sidewalk beside me! I scooped it into my pocket and then probed my mouth with my tongue to assess the damage. Not wanting to alarm my son, I tried to get up and reassure him that I was okay. As I tried to stand, my head was spinning and I felt nauseous so I bent down and put my head between my knees. Cars were speeding past us on the main road, unaware of my little drama. Neither me or my husband own a cell phone (surprising, I know) so I just figured we'd walk home a little slowly. We were about 3/4 mile from home.
As I was pondering all of this sitting on the sidewalk, an older gentleman came up to us and repeatedly asked if I was ok and if he could do anything to help. I asked him if he had a cell phone. He did and I used it to call my husband to drive over and pick us up. Once I stood up I thanked the gentleman and told him I really was grateful for his help. He walked off, but I could see him watching us from a distance to see that we were really ok.
Since I was still shaken up by the incident when my husband came, I did not have the clarity of thought to ask for the gentleman's name or address. Afterwards, I simply thought of him as the real "good samaritan" and I have done my best to "pay his kindness forward" to others.
So, nameless, kind stranger--THANK YOU! And for those of you who take your cell phone for granted, remember that you can use it to help someone someday! :-)