An email I received yesterday made me feel all tingly and warm and happy and I wanted to share it with you because it’s colder than the tits of ten thousand witches out there and this will give you a burst of warm energy.
I know you often write about the kindness of ‘burghers, and I had something happen to me today that I thought fit the bill. I thought I’d share so maybe the universe will thank him somehow.
First, I’m a displaced ‘burgher living in Washington, DC. I was in northern Virginia for the weekend for a wedding. Now, my car has been giving me some problems, though it did get me from Pittsburgh to DC last weekend. I was leaving this morning and the car was miserable–check engine lights, lots of angry engine noises and zero ability to accelerate. I pull over and throw a
frustrated, upset fit because nothing gets me irrationally upset like car trouble. I call to get a tow truck to get myself back to DC and (thank goodness for roadside assistance) one can come in half hour.
The truck comes in 15 minutes. and a sweet kid hops out, asks me if I’m okay and what’s wrong with the car, and tells me to get in the cab so I don’t get cold. He hooks everything up and we get ready to go, and I prepare myself for a half hour of small talk. A couple minutes in I say, “Yeah, all I really wanted to do today is go home and watch some football.”
He says, “Yeah, I hope the Patriots lose. I hate the Patriots.”
Me: “Me, too. They’re awful!”
Him: “Well, I’m from Pittsburgh so…”
Me: “You’re from Pittsburgh?! I’m from Pittsburgh!”
We go on to talk about where we’re from, what brought him to the area, and about those Steelers. We get to my mechanic and I’m getting ready to pay him for what my car insurance didn’t cover and he says, “Oh, no, it’s just another form for me to fill out–don’t worry about it.”
In the middle of a not-so-fun situation, it was so nice to have something in common, and his kindness just put it over the top.
Thanks for your blog, your wonderful writing, and for helping to bring all those far from home closer together.
GROUP HUG, YOU GUYS!