Kind­ness flows on River Road

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

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.

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