Kindness flows on River Road
AFTER church, my friend and I went for a drive out Henderson Highway to have lunch. We decided to take the scenic route home along River Road, but before we got to our destination, the “overheating” alarms went off in the car.
I knew to pull off the road immediately and proceeded to call CAA. They, of course, needed an address, so I ran into a yard where folks were cutting the grass and asked for the street and number.
Still speaking to CAA on my cell, I mentioned my concern for my 93-year-old friend in the car on this very hot day. CAA assured me they would call back as soon as they had a driver who could get to Lockport.
Before I even got back to the car, the family had dropped their yard work, picked up some bottled water and arrived at the car with me.
They proposed to push the car into their driveway, out of traffic, and settle us in the backyard, where the cool breeze was heavenly. We spoke of many things that afternoon, enjoying the kind hospitality of Dale, his wife, Cammy, their daughter, Taylee and her boyfriend, Tanner.
We watched the dog, Ike, get a shampoo and wash; we met Tina the pet chicken. (Yes, Ike and Tina.)
Finally, the tow truck arrived, but could not take me and Doug and his walker, so guess what? Yup. Cammy and Taylee drove us back to our respective homes in the city.
Doug and I consider that day to be one of great blessings because we were privileged to meet, spend time with and be rescued by such fine folk.
Again, Lockport friends, I extend our heartfelt thanks for your great kindness.
PS: Serotonin is the “well-being” hormone. This hormone has a powerful positive effect on the immune system, and the hormone is boosted by providers of acts of kindness, as well as receivers, or even observers, of acts of kindness. Therefore, anyone reading this column gets the bonus of feeling good. Thank you for your contribution to your readers’ well-being.