A Micro Moment – Helping Hands
While putting our shopping bags in the trunk, a woman approached us, “Excuse me, would you happen to have a set of jumper cables? I forgot my lights on and now my car won’t start.”
We turned to find a lady with short dark hair wearing a winter jacket zippered up as high as it could go against the cold. “Yes, we do. We’ll drive over to where you’re parked and get it started for you,” we said with a friendly smile. Her face lit up, “I’m parked right over there,” she pointed.
While getting the cables set up, we introduced ourselves and had a quick chat with her. We learned that she and her husband recently moved to Stewiacke from Prince Edward Island. We asked, “How do you like it so far?” She answered, “Well, it’s good. A bit smaller than we are used to, but it’s good so far,” she smiled.
Just then, we heard a voice. “Hey, can we do anything to help?” a man called out eagerly. We looked up and two middle-aged fellas were on their way over to lend a hand. “Nope, that’s ok. She just needed a boost and we’re all set up ready to go. Thanks for offering though.” A few moments later her car started and she smiled, “Thank you very much. I really didn’t want to call my husband to try to figure out how he was going to get here to help me,” she giggled. We shared a hug, wished each other safe travels and waved goodbye.
Once we got back into our car, we realized that within a span of only 5-6 minutes, this one person had four complete strangers offer to lend a helping hand. This is another reason why we love Truro, Colchester County, and rural Nova Scotia so much.
We believe Tlotlo Godgrey Tau’s quote says it best, “A helping hand might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person.” Pass it on