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There are times in life when it is OK, or even preferred, to want to be the center of attention. The day you are born, your wedding day, or maybe a high school or college graduation, for instance.
Friday, however, was not one of those days for me, but I stole the spotlight for a few minutes anyway.
Anyone who has ever visited our office or driven by it on US 127 knows we have quite a hill to climb to work each morning.
Ninety-nine percent of the time, it’s not an issue. But Friday — you know, the day after it iced and the morning after we were hit by a freezing fog-type creature — fell into that tiny 1 percent, for me at least.
My rear-wheel drive vehicle tried to take that hill, but had to give about a fifth of the way up.
So, there I sat, in the middle of the hill, unable to move forward or backward.
Those five minutes or so I sat alone in that vehicle were some of the most terrifying in my life. I mean, what do you do? Maybe I was being too cautious — my driving reputation is being just that — but I had no alternatives.
Luckily, a familiar face from two doors down drove up the hill beside me (in her four-wheel drive truck, mind you) and offered me a ride to the top.
So I was free, but there sat the truck.
Soon enough, virtually all of my coworkers and the girls from Stan Simmons’ office were outside cheering on Stan as he tried his absolute best to tackle the hill in ol’ blue (my truck).
In the end, she proved too strong a beast for even Stan to conquer in a non-four-wheel drive vehicle, but Stan was able to park the truck in a safe location off the hill until we could take it home.
Unfortunately, that safe location meant one of the truck tires was in about a foot of ice, but thanks to a kind stranger with a big truck and a long, sturdy rope, we got the truck out of the ice and home safe and sound.
So, from the embarrassment of one (me) comes the heroism of two others.
A thank you goes out to Stan for saving the truck in my moment of panic and another thank you to the kind stranger who helped us Saturday morning when he most certainly didn’t have to.
Never underestimate the kindness of strangers or those you know — you just might be surprised.
It was certainly nice to know that when I was literally stuck between some ice and some more ice, I had smiling faces willing to help in my time of need. And in my time of embarrassment.
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