Random Acts of Kindness: Her overheated car and anger were cooled by a pink hard hat
This past six months I, along with thousands of others, have been dealing with construction on the Boston Bridge.
There has been frustration and anger yelling at workers as we pass by the site. That all changed for me the first week of January.
While driving across the bridge that day my car was having problems and overheated. Luckily, I was able to get my crippled car in the nearest parking lot. The construction workers were all leaving and there I was stranded, not having a clue what to do.
I was looking down and, to be honest, just feeling sorry for myself. There was a knock on my window, and I looked up and saw a woman with a pink hard hat. She asked me if there was anything she could do to help. I told her what I thought the problem was, and she said she would check it out.
Well, the car had to cool down and we talked for a bit. I told her how much I hated the construction on the bridge and wanted to know why it takes so long.
She said she understood my feelings. She explained, "When you do remodeling at home and you have a plan, once you rip into that wall you realize that you have to fix four more things than you imagined were there. It's a lot like rebuilding a bridge. We think we know what all the damage is, but once you start tearing it apart it sometimes is much worse than anyone can imagine."
She explained that once there is a change in the work plan, then you have meetings, then have to wait for the state to approve it, etc. That doesn't happen overnight.
While the car cooled down, she gave me quite an eye-opening education. She then got water for my car and even filled up my antifreeze when she saw it was dangerously low. She had some in her car -- lucky me.
I offered her money, which she flatly refused. She said such help is just what people do for each other. I drive past every day now looking to thank her, but the work is over.
I don't remember her name, just that she worked for Trumbull and had a pink hard hat. I don't know if I thanked her properly for helping me and educating me. I no longer will lose my temper when sitting in construction traffic.
First Published 2012-03-07 23:17:07