Reader Opinion: Kindness, not road rage
Anxiety, aggravation and tension seem to exist everywhere we turn in today's world. With all the construction going on and the lack of patience often times observed in traffic, it was a wonderful experience to find there are so many folks thinkin...
Anxiety, aggravation and tension seem to exist everywhere we turn in today's world.
With all the construction going on and the lack of patience often times observed in traffic, it was a wonderful experience to find there are so many folks thinking of others, perhaps in need of a little assistance, even just a little help crossing a busy intersection.
The intersection is busy, all four directions and vehicles with a desire to get where they are going and to get there in a hurry.
But during these many minutes, I found things to be a little different, and different in a very pleasant way.
So there I was, waiting for the city bus, not right on the corner as to look as if I desire to cross, but closer to the building, just standing there waiting. Moments passed and suddenly, there's a man's voice, asking me if I need help crossing the street.
"Hey," I said, "no thanks, I'm waiting for the bus, but thanks for asking, I really appreciate it."
Then there's a woman's voice coming from the vehicle at the stop sign in the north bound lane on 13th Street. She asked if I was trying to cross. Again, I said, "I'm good, just waiting for the bus-thanks for asking."
After four or five times, I began to count the number. This scene played out numerous times over the next 20 or so minutes, so many times in fact that I lost count. This was such a beautiful thing that was happening.
It's times like these that make a person believe in humanity. Nobody addressed me by name, nobody knew me. These were just folks seeing a blind man they thought might require a little assistance.
These were good people, and I appreciate them.
Thank you, everybody.