‘Birthday present’ likely saved my life
I was crossing Henderson Highway at the crosswalk across from Northdale Shopping Centre early the morning of my 57th birthday.
There was no traffic that I could see northbound except an out-of-service city transit bus in the curb lane. The driver was very near the crosswalk so I was planning to wait for him to pass, but he stopped to let me cross.
I pressed the button to activate the flashing lights and stepped off the curb. As I was just about to walk past the bus, the driver honked several times which made me look up just in time to see a car passing through the crosswalk right in front of me. In just one more nanosecond, had I kept walking, that car surely would have hit me.
I don’t know who you are, Mr. Alert Bus Driver, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving me from impending harm and quite possibly saving my life.
Yours was the best birthday gift I got that day! Bless you. I headed out for a bike ride in the Fort Garry area. When I made a sharp turn, my front wheel skidded on loose gravel, bringing my bike and me crashing to the ground.
Feeling somewhat embarrassed, I immediately got back on my bike and pedaled away, I looked down and noticed my leg bleeding and my elbow was beginning to throb. When I got off my bike to check my leg, a lady approaching me. She had seen my accident and followed me to make sure I was OK. The best news of all: she was a nurse! After examining my scrapes, she had me follow her to her car, where she had first aid supplies. She proceeded to clean my wounds and expertly applied bandages. We ended our encounter with big hugs, but we forgot to exchange names. Every time I am out on my bike, I remember this kind stranger.
I want to thank her for taking such good care of me.