Recently, I was in Construction Junction in North Point Breeze, where I delightedly found a great bargain on a used door for my son's remodeling.
While standing in line I chatted with two other women. We all seemed to be on missions to help our sons with projects.
I mentioned that Construction Junction will kindly "hold" an item for seven days for only $5, and I was so pleased about it because we couldn't get a truck to haul the door for several more days.
"R" asked where my son lived, and I replied in Squirrel Hill. "R" said that she knew Squirrel Hill, that she had her son's van and that she would gladly deliver the door if I would just lead the way.
I offered her the $5 that I would save, but she declined. I offered to pay for her few purchases, and she again declined. She insisted that she was happy to help, and help she did. Within minutes we were on our way to my son's home to deliver the door.
Upon arrival we hugged each other warmly, and she said, "Well, that's what moms do!"
So to "R" from Ward Street, thanks for your very kind help. This mom and her son truly appreciated it!
RONNA HARRIS ASKIN
Retired minister and his wife provide help twice to cyclists
My wife and I were biking on a section of the rails-to-trails Oct. 2 in a heavily wooded area four miles from the Cedar Creek Park trailhead in Westmoreland County when I experienced a rear tire blowout, a biker's nightmare.
A woman biking by herself on the trail stopped to inquire if everything was OK and whether I could use some help. She said that if I could get my bike to her home, about a mile farther down the trail in a little town named Van Meter, her husband would help me change the tire, and she rode ahead.
I walked my bike to her home, and true to her word, her husband, a retired minister, was there waiting for me. He took charge, and with some minor help from me changed the flat tire using a spare inner tube that I carried in my tool kit.
We thanked Reverend Chip and his wife, Hope, who could not have been nicer. As my wife and I began to ride back to our car parked four miles away, the same tire blew again. Apparently there was a defect in the rim that caused both blowouts.
Reverend Chip came to the rescue again. Without hesitation he put both of our bikes in the back of his truck and drove us back to the trailhead. This random act of kindness to total strangers was above and beyond anything we could have expected.
Thank God for the Chips and Hopes of the world.
Customer in line at Costco steps up to pay for another
My mom is in poor health and moved in with me and my husband almost two years ago.
One of her favorite things is a berry smoothie from Costco, so whenever I or my friends go there we make sure to get one and bring it to her as a treat. I was there on a recent Thursday, and as usual, forgot to tell the cashier to charge me for one as I was checking out my groceries.
When I got to the food counter, I discovered I only had a $50 bill in my wallet. The woman behind the counter explained that she had asked them to bring her change and it hadn't come yet. She explained that I couldn't use my debit card there. Not wanting to wait, I said, "Oh, I'll just tell my mom I tried."
The woman in front of me, who had just ordered pizza, said, "You can't disappoint your mother. I'll pay for the smoothie. Tell her to enjoy."
It was just $1.55, but it was appreciated immensely. It gave me a lift, and my mother enjoyed the story when I got home. So thank you, lady at Costco. I will certainly pay it forward.
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