A lot of you folks may have heard over a month ago I went one way and my sweet little horse went the other. I hit the ground fairly hard resulting in a broken back in three places and a longer than anticipated stay at the hospital. I am doing better now because of good painkillers, physical therapy, a patient family and employees…. And the kindness of a single stranger.
Last Friday, I had been cooped up enough and wanted to go to the grocery store. Bill picked me up at the farm on his way to Sherman and Denison. He had deliveries to make and the plan was to take me to Wal-Mart.
He took me all right… right to the front door and said, “hop on one of those scooters and I’ll pick you up in an hour.” Now don’t hate Bill. He did have business to conduct and would rather have the measles than grocery shop anywhere. And I thought I could handle this gracefully.
Wrong! I know this will teach me a lesson to be more aware of handicapped people because I got the ‘from the waist down view’ of Friday shoppers, and their impatience with anyone that interrupts them taking a photograph of what they are going to buy anyhow and reading the ingredients of the same ketchup they have purchased their entire lives.
Since I had never operated a scooter machine before I was a little herky-jerky on the throttle and the brake. I think all the stops and starts were harder on my back than jogging.
Finally, at the dairy aisle a gentleman about my age asked me if he could open the case and reach something for me. I told him I would very much appreciate the 2% milk and a carton of Half and Half. He looked down at me and said, “You have a list. Let’s get your stuff.”
Too good to be true! Wish I had more items on the list but did not want to push my luck since those scooters do not have a very large basket.
I thanked him once there was nothing else to look for and he just stated that it made his day to help someone and it makes the Lord happy to see kindness between strangers. I could not agree more.
I clearly am not permanently handicapped and neither are a lot of folks, but everyone needs a little help now and then. I plan on helping more folks as soon as I am able.
Trudy and Bill Whitney are the owners of Rapid Refill Ink, an independently owned retail franchise that refills and remanufactures inkjet and laser/toner cartridges for office and home printers. In an effort to encourage recycling, empty cartridges are brought to the store that can be reused many times. Sustainable and recycled products were utilized in the build out of the shop located in McKinney. Rapid Refill now also offers Printer Repair and Shredding Services. For more information call 972.548.9393 or email email@example.com.