It's been a long, cold, sad winter since my husband of 42 years passed away in October.
Two Saturdays ago, I received a delivery from a florist of a beautiful basket of pansies. By the time I realized there was no card, the delivery person had already left.
I just want to thank the mystery person who brightened my day.
Stranger wanted to chauffeur a woman needing blood drawn
I needed on the morning of Feb. 15 to have fasting blood work done. On the first part of my journey, the roads were just wet, but as I continued on they got really bad.
I wanted to turn around or even just pull over, but there was no room, with only houses lining both sides of the road. Then I came to a vacant restaurant and pulled into the parking lot.
A young man living next door was clearing snow off of his truck to go to work. He asked me where I was going. When I told him, he said he would take me for my blood work, which was completely out of his way.
He called his work and said he would be late because he was taking a lady to have her blood work done. All of the roads were snow-covered by then, but he insisted he would get me there safely.
I asked his name, and he said Tom. Tom would not take anything for helping me, but I know now that there is a really nice young man that did a big favor for an 82-year-old lady. Thanks, Tom.
Two helpers came to rescue when man fell on the street
My husband got dizzy on March 20 and fell on Murray Avenue outside the Squirrel Hill Giant Eagle.
I was waiting for him outside a bank several minutes away and did not see him go down. But two gentle souls, Rob and Sam, who were eating at a restaurant across the street, saw him fall. They called 911 and then came and got me. The paramedics took him to UPMC Presbyterian with a broken nose and gashes everywhere.
Thanks be for God for Rob and Sam, whose last names I didn't get. May they read this, have wonderful lives and be blessed forever.
Young men took a break to push woman's stuck car
As I was driving home on a recent Sunday night, I was feeling lucky that the snow had stopped and the Parkway East was reasonably clear.
I started turning onto an exit ramp when I realized I had made a mistake -- my exit was the next one, and not the one I had start taking.
Annoyed with myself and in a hurry to get to my warm bed, I saw that only a small triangle of earth lay between my car and the road I wanted to get back on. Stupidly ignoring the snow that covered that triangle of earth, I plowed into it and my wheels got stuck, spinning uselessly while I revved my engine.
I called AAA and heard a machine message to the effect that "due to unusually high volume of calls" I would have a long wait. Just at that moment a car drove onto the exit ramp and stopped.
Two young men got out and asked if my battery needed a boost. When I explained my predicament, they tried to push my car forward, and when that didn't work, they pushed it backward so I was able to back up and merge back onto the parkway.
I am so grateful for the kindness of these wonderful strangers who took the time to help a tired old grandmother get home on a cold night!
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