(A-Z April Blogging Challenge; Moment to Moment)
“M” is momentous moments. Momentous is defined as having great meaning or lasting effect (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). I’ve noticed that “Momentous Moments” happen when you least expect it which makes them even more “momentous”. This “momentous moment” happened last Saturday.
My two girls, my son and I decided to surprise my parents for the weekend and drive down to see them in Oregon. We were all packed up and ready to go. When I put my key into the ignition to start-up my car…the car didn’t make a sound. Oh no! The battery was dead. After call my husband, who was an hour away at a conference, we decided to ask my neighbor for help. He was able to come over and jump our car. We had to push my large and heavy truck out as much as we could, move some things that we stored in the adjacent bay before being able to pull his truck close enough to reach my battery. It took several starts but the battery finally fired up and the truck had power again. After thanking the neighbors profusely, we were off like a herd of turtles. I had enough gas to go 119 miles so instead of filling up before we left, I decided to drive as long as we could until we had to stop for gas. That way the battery would have time to charge up more so that when I stopped, we hopefully wouldn’t need another jump.
We got half way to Portland before stopping for gas. I prayed before starting the car again… it started without any problems. We were all smiling. Whew! We pulled on to the street and got behind a line of cars. We were all waiting for the light to change. When all of sudden my daughter asks from the back seat, “What is that boy doing?” We all looked over to the right where she was pointing, we could see a young man wearing a high school sweatshirt and shorts, holding an Arby’s food bag and shake. He was walking towards the man on the corner. The older man had several jackets on, a small backpack and a sign that said, “Anything would help. God Bless you.” The teen age boy, handed the man the bag and shake. The older man’s face turned from sadness and despair to true happiness and joy. He was so appreciative for the small gesture of food. Then the older man began to get tears in his eyes, as he kept repeating over and over, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” to the young man. The teen-age boy just gestured as if saying “You’re welcome.” The young man, got into his older Ford truck and drove away. All the while, the older gentlemen was still saying “Thank you” as he drove away. As the line of cars began to move, we could see the older gentleman sit down, still with tears in his eyes and a smile on his face, begin to eat and savor every bite of his food.
The car was silent for several minutes before my youngest daughter said, “That was the most amazing thing I’ve seen. There are still good people in this world, who do good things because they want to help. God Bless that man and the boy for being a giving person.” The car fell quiet again before my son said, “Amen.”
We seen heroism and compassion most in times of disasters and tragedies like earthquakes or floods but seeing selflessness in the smallness of a day is sometimes rare but today witnessing kindness and the gratitude from the older man was definitely a momentous moment.