The Gift of Two Kind Strangers

Written by on October 4, 2010 in Conversations on the Healing Journey with 0 Comments

On my way home after the Springettsbury Saturday in the Park fireworks display, I was driving up Mt. Zion toward John Rudy Park, when the car I was driving started to sound and feel funny. I soon realized my back tire was out. I made it to the stoplight at N Sherman Street, and was forced to stop.

With me were my 2 year old granddaughter, 5 year old grandson and youngest daughter, 13. It was dark. Since it was my oldest daughter’s car, it took me a while to find the flashers. It didn’t help that I was nervous. When I did find the button, the few cars on the road at that time simply drove around me. I decided to turn onto N Sherman. Fortunately for me there was a small pull off right past the light, so I could get out of the albeit sparse line of traffic.

It’s bad enough having a flat tire on a country road at night. But it’s frightening when you have young children with you. I wasn’t too far from my daughter’s home, but looking at the dark road that lay ahead it might as well been miles and I knew by the sound of the wheel, there was no way I could drive the rest of the way.

Just as I pulled off, I looked in my rear view mirror and saw a car pull up behind me with its flashers on, not the red and blue lights of a police car. Strangers.

I felt so vulnerable.

But I reminded myself more people are good than not.

That night I was truly blessed. Two young men not only graciously changed the tire, but they went back home first to get a jack, as there wasn’t one in my daughter’s car. They were so personable and kind. They acted like it was no big deal. That’s just what they do, they said. Like, of course, why wouldn’t you help your fellow human being?

I’m not sure what I’m more grateful to them for – changing the tire or giving the children, and me, the opportunity to see how generous and kind people can be.

I can’t thank Hank Schmincke of York and Justin Salter of Harrisburg enough for their kindness, and just want to remind people not to let stories of people’s cruelty or apathy blind you to the reality of people’s kindness or caring. Because it’s very real and hands on. They may not make the headlines every day or even ever, but people who care are the ones who not only make a difference but the difference.

Thank you, Hank and Justin. My tire went out one night, but the generosity of you two will uplift my heart and leave a positive impression on these young children for a long, long time. But what makes me happiest is knowing that you take who you are wherever you go.

Thinking about the good you will be doing, planting seeds of kindness throughout your life’s journey and making this world a little better place makes my heart sing, and encourages me to continue on my own path of blessing others.

And for that, I truly thank you.


About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, using spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. Demian is a traveler on the healing journey with a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .


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