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Good deed for the day...

You know, since I work at home, I don't spend much time among people. It's not that I don't like people, or anything like that, I just don't need to go out unless I have to shop, or have an appointment. Having the office in the house means that I can move from my bed to my work and back to my bed, if I want to.

Not that I do. I do structure my day properly. ^^

But this morning the sun was shining, the ice and snow crystals were glittering on the trees and bushes and I couldn't resist going outside to take pictures with my shiny new toy. ^^

As I was stomping around my garden, looking for proper motifs to shoot, I was kind of looking across the street to the neighbors'. And I saw one of the neighbors move around his garden, then suddenly, I saw him slip and fall. I waited a moment, but then I saw him move and thought he's ok. But when he didn't get up, I walked a bit closer and saw that his wife was desperately trying to get him on his feet.

Now, there's snow on the ground - not much, but enough to make the walkway slippery. And the man is somewhat overweight, so he couldn't get his feet under him. Add to that the fact that both of them are over 80, they were stuck. So I walked across the street, just right into their property and realized that I'd been right in my observations: the woman couldn't help her husband get up, because he was slipping and he was too heavy.

So I handed her my camera, made him adjust the way he was sitting, so that he *could* get his feet under him once I start lifting, grabbed him under the arms from behind, bent my knees and *heaved*! Took a moment, but then he was back up on his feet and shuffling into the house on his own. His wife thanked me - she didn't even recognize me, even though we've been living across from them for three years (ok, I'm not outside that often, to *be* recognized... ^^) - and then I went back to taking more pictures.

They were lucky that I was out there. It's quite cold on the ground. And the other neighbors aren't much younger, I'm not sure they could have helped.

Well, good deed for the day. ^^ Now back to work. :)


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Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:37 am (UTC)
Damn, I didn't want to make you cry...

*hands you tissues*

I was just glad that I was *there* at that moment. They would have had a bad time of it, since most people around here are gone for work at this time of day, the others are just as old, and the rest wouldn't have heard her. It must have been providence that I just *happened* to be outside at that moment.

Though it *does* make me feel good to have been able to help, I confess.

Yes, I also teach my daughter that it's *always* the right thing to help and be there for others. Never look away, when you can help. Even if it's just to make the phone call another person can't, or to get more help.

Jan. 22nd, 2009 11:01 am (UTC)
That was very kind of you to do! I hope the universe sends extra happiness and good luck your way for that.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)

Thank you. I'm just glad I was able to help. :)
Jan. 22nd, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Hey! Lucky you were out. You're a hero!
Jan. 22nd, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)

Nah... just doing what needs to be done...
Jan. 22nd, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
Poor guy; bet he was embarrassed! *grin* Lucky you were out, though. I know what you mean about neighbors... right before Christmas the doorbell rang and when I opened the door, this woman plops a wrapped up loaf of banana nut bread in my hands, wishes me a Merry Christmas, and then trots off to this waiting car. *blink blink*
Thankfully, there was a note with it thanking hubby for his help with the leaves, so by process of elimination we figured out that she was the lady who lives to the south of us! ^o^
Jan. 23rd, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
Oh - well, that's *one* way to get to know the neighbors. *ggg*

It's a good feeling somehow to know that you were in the right place at the right time. :)
Jan. 23rd, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
They were very lucky in two ways. You were there, saw the problem, got involved and helped. And there were two of them.

Often that isn't the case of a slip and fall.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
Indeed! Though the woman wasn't really much help. Except to hold my camera. ^^

I was glad that I'm a fairly strong person, and I'm tall, so I have more leverage. It was fate, I guess. ^^
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