Sunday, May 12, 2013

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, mothers to be, grandmothers, Godmothers, foster mothers, and last but not least mothers-in-law.

This year I would like to salute some very special mothers who I have never met, never seen or whose voice I have never heard. 

I am not one to laugh at someone's silly mistakes. When it comes to driving I am one of the most serious people who would get anxious and think of the worst scenario when a mistake is made.However due to the rush hour and my own lack of energy and lack of sleep, I must not have been paying attention when I drove my car on top of two railroad ties that were part of a neglected  flowerbed. I was just tired of waiting for the traffic light to change and since I had to make a right turn I thought that I would cut through the gas station. I had not planned this turn,therefore I did not remember that the railroad ties were there. I simply drove on top of them. It just so happened that there was a small ditch for rain water to flow right next to the flowerbed, and when my front wheel got on top of the railroad tie, my back wheels looked like they were hanging from a cliff. I went in and told the cashier Top Choice 4 x 4 x 8 #2 Prime Pressure Treated Lumbermy problem. He came out running and went back and forth to the register as needed. Then I saw a young man pull up after filling up the gas and asked me for my keys. He went in and tried to pull the car off the rail road ties. He was not able to. Then yet another young man pulled up and added a railroad tie to the back side of the car so all the wheels are at the same level. That did not work. Then an elderly man who looked very frail came up to help. Then they started discussing the various methods of helping me with the car. Finally someone sat on the trunk of the car and one of the young men started the car and put the car in reverse. The car was off the railroad tie and on the road. Then they brought the car in the parking area of the gas station and gave me my keys. I was embarrassed and overwhelmed at the same time. I asked each of them what I owed. How much I can pay them, they all said that I don't owe them anything. I thanked them several times. I am sure that they realized that I meant it from my heart. I still don't know who they were. They had come out of all different cars. All I know is that they must have been raised by mothers who told them to help little old women in trouble or anyone in trouble for that matter.

It has been a week since this happened. I have been kicking myself and have thought about the possibility of a kitten sleeping there or even the flowerbed being full of flowers. 

I know that my kids have donated blood as they have the type that anyone can use. I hope that my kids will also help people out when they need help. That will be the best gift for me.
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29 comments:

Launna said...

I am sure you raised your children to help when someone was in need of assistance Munir.

I am also happy to hear so many people came to your rescue :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Munir,
What a lovely story! This proves that the majority of people are of the good and caring sort; raised indeed by very special mothers! Guess we all have been in a similar situation at some point in our lives. It feels so good if someone steps up and takes care of us! Glad your car was not damaged and nobody hurt.
Thanks for your visit and comments; you are a very special Mother and Grandmother too.
Hugs,
Mariette

Beth said...

I have done silly things like that too. I think that we all have. The help that you received goes to show that we live in a great country and most people will help someone out.

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Granny Annie said...

I never met my husband's mother, but she must have done something right because he never passes up persons in need of help. One day he helped a lady who told her family over and over, "He is like Jesus!" and she meant my spouse. My mother raised me to help others also but I am usually afraid to reach out to strangers.

This is a great post.
Happy Mother's Day to you:)

fishducky said...

I love this random act of kindness--we should hear about more!!

Good·Taste·of·Life said...

just perfect!!!congratulations!!!kisses!!

Shelly said...

Very heartwarming to read this! I'm so glad it turned out fine. Happy Mother's Day!

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

An act of kindness is always touching, but when it comes from strangers, somehow it's more deeply heartwarming. I'm sure your kids will remember this incident & how much it meant to you, and one day will "pay it forward"

Kittie Howard said...

I'm a firm believer that most of the people in the world are good people! I'm sure your kids will one day repeat the kindnesses you received. (And we all act in haste upon occasion.)

yaya said...

I love to hear stories of good people helping out other good people. Now quit being so hard on yourself! We all do something that we shake ourselves over afterward...nobody was hurt, or damage done. Look at it this way..you gave an opportunity for some nice men to get special blessings that day for helping you out! God works in mysterious ways!

klahanie said...

Hi Munir,

Despite it all, what an encouraging story of so many gentlemen coming over to help you out of your predicament. One would like to think they were raised by parents who displayed the value of caring for others.

Hope you had a peaceful Mother's Day.

Gary

DWei said...

I tried to donate blood once. Almost passed out.

I guess I should gain some weight before I try again.

darlin said...

Munir I think it's safe to say we've all done some pretty silly things or find ourselves in some awkward situations, thankfully these men were quick to help out.

I believe what goes around comes around, if I see someone in the streets is hungry and is looking for a meal you bet I'll find the closest restaurant and feed them. I hope if any of my children are ever hungry the same courtesies are bestowed upon them.

A kind heart is often repaid with kindness, as is the case with your situation.

Have a wonderful week, and careful for those railway ties! :-)

Empty Nest Insider said...

Thank goodness that those wonderful men helped you! This was such a perfect story for Mother's Day! I agree that these men were raised right, and I'm sure that you've done the same with your children.

Julie

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Munir,
Today I did mention India in my blog post... very fond memories of our work there!
Hugs,
Mariette

Ghadeer said...

I love how you thought of their mothers first. It's true that they're always behind the goodness in this world.

CanYouHearMeNow? said...

Awww. I loved this!

Belle said...

It is truly wonderful how people help each other. Many people have come to my aid when I needed it. Happy Mother's Day to you also.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

What a beautiful tribute to the mothers of the world :-)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

That is a wonderful story and beautiful tribute to good moms around the world.

Happyone said...

Nice to know that there are nice people out there ready and willing to help. : )

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Have a great weekend Munir!!

Covnitkepr1 said...

Happy Mother's Day indeed. I miss my mother and wish she was still with us.

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Teresa Cypher said...

Oh Munir, I smiled while I read this, thinking of times that I've made rash decisions and then wished I hadn't. And how wonderful that so many came to help! Such good moms that all had :-)
I'm glad they were there for you and got you back on your way. :-)

Ruth said...

That is a lovely story. It is nice to know people still will help others. You don't see that often enough anymore.

Susie Swanson said...

Oh how this touched my heart..There's still good people in the world.. Bless you, xo

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

Your children better help you when you need it. Just from reading your posts, I think you are a wonderful beautiful person. *hugs to you Munir and here's a belated Happy Mother's Day.

Susie Swanson said...

Hope you are enjoying your summer.. Thanks for the sweet comments on mine.. Blessings

Cindy in PA said...

Such a beautiful experience to write about. The kindness of strangers and how God placed them there just when they were needed! Blessings!