So this morning, I found myself on the side of the road with a flat tire. I wasn’t far from home, so I just pulled over, put on my hazard lights, and called poor Steve, asking for help. This is only the second time this has ever happened to me. Last time, I was 18 and on my way to class at Jackson State Community College. Back then, two-three people stopped to help me change the tire within just a few minutes. Today, I sat there for probably ten minutes, with many cars zooming past, and no one stopped.
This got me to thinking about how times have changed during my lifetime. With good reason, it’s not always safe to stop and help someone on the side of the road. That’s sad, isn’t it? I couldn’t hold it against anyone for not stopping – if I passed by a car with a flat tire and I was alone – I wouldn’t stop either, but I do try to say a quick prayer that help comes along soon for them.
Finally, a car pulled up from the other direction, a man had his window down – I didn’t know him, but I recognized his car! It’s funny how when you drive the same road at the same time of the day, five days a week, you inevitably get behind the same vehicle over time. This gentleman was very kind – he offered me a ride to the Bluff. He even knew where I worked. I explained that my husband was on his way, but I really appreciated him going down, turning around, and coming back to offer aid. It renewed my faith in my fellow Ripley County folks!
It ends up that after Steve got there, a state trooper, also, stopped to offer aid. Steve ended up driving me to work, and I got so excited – we saw a bald eagle in a field. It was huge and BEAUTIFUL! If I hadn’t had a flat tire and been delayed for about 25 minutes, we would have missed it! When I got to work, I was asked, “If I was having a bad morning?” “Nope,” I said, “eventful, but not bad!” I hope you enjoyed your eventful day! God Bless, Courtney