19 December 2012

The Kindness of Strangers, part 3

Apparently I didn't write about it, but the tow truck driver who picked my car and I up in Cairo, Georgia did drive us both all the way back to Tallahassee, Florida. I'd only had my car worked on at one place, so I had him take me there. Midas maybe? It was after 5 PM on Friday by the time we go there.

He took my car off the flatbed, a mechanic looked at it and said it was something they didn't fix. My heart sank. I asked if he could recommend somewhere that could fix it and he did. I looked out the window and the tow truck guy was already putting my car back on his flatbed. That was way above and beyond.

I called the other garage and asked if I could drop off my car. "Can you get here by 6?" I wasn't sure if I could, but I said, "Yes, I'll be there."

The mechanic I'd been talking to pointed out a woman who worked there and said she'd be happy to give me a ride home. The woman reaffirmed the offer, but I declined so I could drop off my car.

There was a lot of traffic, but we managed to get to the other garage only 10 minutes or so late. The tow truck driver took my car off again as I filled out paperwork. He offered to give me a lift home, but I knew he had get back to Georgia, so I said I'd be all right. I didn't want to abuse his kindness, he'd clearly done me several favors already. As had a number of other people that day.

Two years ago on TTaT: Sketchbook, page 60


  1. Wow! Granparents who didn't ravage your body and a tow truck driver going above and beyond??? Florida and Georgia really are the Twilight Zone!

    Actually, I think it's just really cool that, despite the bad luck, you really lucked out.

    1. Hey, when I saw the minivan turn around on the highway and start heading towards me, I couldn't see who was inside. All I could see was a van that brought up every abduction/rape/torture/murder scenario real and fictional from my memory with nowhere to run for help if needed.

      And by the time we were back in Tally, the tow truck driver was over 50 miles from his zone and had another call to answer after mine.

      That afternoon was full of kindnesses, large and small, that were all unexpected. Lucky indeed.