Thank You, Anonymous Good Samaritan
My family celebrated Christmas together yesterday afternoon, and I just wanted to tell everyone about an amazingly kind, giving stranger who not only saved the day for us, but also reminded us what the holidays really mean.
My 83 year old aunt gave up driving a few months ago. She caused a very minor accident and voluntarily gave up her license, sold her car, and became determined to use buses, cabs, and her own two feet to get anywhere she needed to be. Her fiery, stubborn, independent nature even meant that she refused to let one of us pick her up for the holiday gathering.
Like most older people, my aunt is positively punctual, which is why we became concerned when she didn't show up right at 2 p.m. yesterday. My mother tried calling her, to no avail, and after an hour of waiting, I drove over to her home, only to find it empty.
When I returned to my parents' home, there was a strange car just pulling out of the driveway. The gentleman waved, and I waved back, though I had never seen this chap before in all my living days.
Befuddled, I went inside to find my aunt had arrived and was sporting a cast on her left forearm. Everyone was asking what happened, and she explained that she had walked to the grocery store yesterday morning and had slipped and fallen. A man shoveling his walk saw her take a spill, came over and helped her up, and insisted on taking her to urgent care. He asked if he could call any family members--she refused--so against her wishes he stayed with her until she was all casted up, then drove her back to her place to pick up some gifts and then over to my parents' home for the family gathering. The man walked my grandmother to the door and departed.
All I know is that our entire family feels a debt of gratitude to a very kind man named "Dave" for all that he did yesterday. Thank you.