Ran­dom acts of kind­ness

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

sud­denly died on Portage Av­enue at Deer Lodge Place on Tues­day, Oct. 27.

Our cell­phone also did not work, and she got in the back seat and al­lowed us to use her cell­phone to call CAA.

Even though she was on her way to work, she stayed with us un­til the tow truck ar­rived. We hope Judy reads this and knows how grate­ful we are for her as­sis­tance that day.

Strangers stepped up in dilemma

ON Tues­day, Nov. 3, I took my hus­band to Safe­way at 3900 Grant Ave. to get his flu shot.

My hus­band has mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis and uses a power wheel­chair. Our van is equipped with a side ramp for un­load­ing his chair with him in it.

I usu­ally can do this my­self with­out any prob­lems, but for some rea­son the chair started to go side­ways on the ramp. When this hap­pens, there’s a chance he could go off the ramp and be se­ri­ously in­jured.

As the wheel­chair slid side­ways, en­dan­ger­ing my hus­band, I looked up and saw sev­eral peo­ple com­ing to our aid very quickly. They im­me­di­ately did what was nec­es­sary to right the chair on the ramp and safely get my hus­band to the store.

Both my hus­band, Tom, and my­self want to thank each and ev­ery per­son in­volved in our dilemma. It was all over so quickly, I didn’t have time to say thank you be­fore they car­ried on with their gro­cery shop­ping or get­ting to their cars, as though it was just an or­di­nary day for them to be so kind.

I will re­mem­ber all the kind­ness I felt, es­pe­cially from the lady who came and gave me a hug. Thanks again, ev­ery­one. You know who you are.

Slo­gan makes sense now

I had never un­der­stood the Man­i­toba li­cence plate slo­gan, “Friendly Man­i­toba.” But one Wed­nes­day in late Oc­to­ber, I un­der­stood.

I was head­ing back to the air­port and took a wrong turn at the T-junc­tion on Berry Street. It was early morn­ing, and the traf­fic was steady — even pushy. There was nowhere to stop un­til I found a dough­nut shop.

The peo­ple work­ing there didn’t know how to get to the air­port, but said to ask their cus­tomer. I did, and the nice lady said she was just leav­ing and to fol­low her. She drove what seemed like a fair dis­tance un­til we got to Welling­ton Av­enue. She took the first op­por­tu­nity to make a U-turn, and I headed to the ve­hi­cle rentals lane. We waved as we parted.

My thanks to that stranger for show­ing me what Friendly Man­i­toba means.

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