Monday, April 2, 2007

Random Act of Kindess

This morning's rush hour was the usual mix of harried drivers intent on getting to wherever they were bound -- in a hurry! Two police cars, with lights flashing and sirens blaring, slowly snaked through the heavy traffic, much to the annoyance of the commuters. One unfortunate woman's car stalled in one of two inbound ramp lanes from a busy bridge that carries traffic over the Potomac from Virginia. Within nanoseconds a back-up ensued. The woman seemed to be scared out of her mind and simply sat in her car while incensed drivers roared around her. Then, a man in a white car [i.e. knight in shining armor on a white stallion] gallantly pulled over and parked in front of her car. He calmed her down then pushed her car onto the shoulder - across the lanes of traffic, no less! Thankfully drivers thought better of running him over and let him complete his mission. I wish I could have told him how gracious was his service to this woman and all the commuters who also benefited from it. He was nicely dressed, drove a nondescript car -- no Lexus, BMW or Acura -- so I suspect he was just another hard-working civil servant. Thank goodness there are people like him who maintain integrity and a strong work ethic regardless of who is in the White House.

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