I have often fantasised that one day I would bring traffic to a complete standstill and on Thursday morning I did just that. Nope, didn't have anything to do with the floaty, black and white, perhaps slightly cleavage-revealing dress I was wearing. The traffic came to a halt because the Zumba Mobile finally gave up the ghost at a roundabout in Northampton and in doing so promptly closed down a lane on the dual carriageway. It caused quite the back-up I'll have you know and I received a few choice and frustrated glares from people who perhaps imagined I was having a little time out. Yup, that's right folks, sometimes when I'm fed up of driving and in need of a break I'll just switch off my engine wherever I happen to find myself and kick back and relax...
Fortunately the large majority of people were nothing but patient and understanding and at least a dozen pulled up next to me, rolled down their windows and asked if I required any assistance, men and women alike. Thus on Thursday morning I was the grateful recipient of the kindness of strangers and was reminded that there are still many considerate and compassionate people in the world.
But I must insist that these random roadside rescuers be strangers no longer! For today, on this fine Monday morning, Warriors, I would like to introduce you to them, to give credit where credit is due and to publicly declare my gratitude.
RANDOM ROADSIDE RESCUERS #1
These cheeky chaps were two of the many who rolled down their windows to offer assistance. I politely declined, assuring them that help was on the way. Undeterred and unwilling to leave a damsel in distress they drove around the roundabout, parked their car in a safe place and made their way over to me. Flexing their muscles for all to see they pushed my car over to the side of the road and would not leave until I offered them further assurances that all was well in Ginger Warrior Land. I thanked them in the only way I could - by presenting each with a GW business card.
RANDOM ROADSIDE RESCUERS #2
The long arm of the law provided further assistance by pushing my car completely off the road and onto the adjacent island. And considering they could have nicked me for driving with not one, but TWO illegal tyres (OOPSIES!) I am eternally indebted to them since an already frustrating and financially draining situation could easily have been exarcebated by penalty fines. My two obliging officers were also happy to accept a business card. You just never know when the police will require the services of the Ginger Warrior!
RANDOM ROADSIDE RESCUER #3
Andy the friendly tow-truck man soon had the Zumba Mobile loaded onto his truck and dropped off at its final resting place:
He has even been in touch since. Now that is service for you!
Random Roadside Rescuers we salute you! May your altruistic actions serves as examples to all of us, inspiring us to go forth this week and find opportunities to serve those in need.
Ginger Warrior, over and out.
P.S. Have you ever been the recipient of the kindness of strangers? Let's share some heart-warming and uplifting stories this morning! What a wonderful start to the week that would be. :)