Sunday, December 5, 2010

Every kid is somebody's baby

I saw a kid the other day...

He looked like my son. Around the same age, same build. If I hadn't known for sure that The Boy was nowhere near my neck of the woods, I totally would have thought it was him.

He needed help, this kid. He said that he'd been sitting in his car for a couple of hours, trying wave down some. He needed a jump. He said that some lady told him she would come back and help him when her husband came home. WHENEVER THAT WAS.

So he was still waiting.

I was just getting home from carpooling, and he was around the corner from my house. Mr. Toad, my carpool partner, didn't want to wait 5 minutes for me to give him a jump. So, I dropped her off and came right back.

(And then I called my cousin, because even though I was in MY neighborhood and I feel safe there, if it was in fact a trick and I was going to be abducted, SOMEBODY was gonna have a license plate number and a time/place of last location. Paranoia. I haz it.)

So this kid, who kinda laughed when I got on my cell phone because I'm pretty sure he knew why, had jumper cables. So did I, but he didn't give me a chance to tell him. Took less than five minutes.

I'm not one of those people who stop for other people in need. In fact, I usually, say that I wouldn't even stop if I saw a nun holding a baby. Because...ya know. Stranger Danger. (And WTF would a nun be doing with a baby?)


This kid. He looked so much like my kid.

And I hope that if my kid ever needs help, and I'm not around, somebody stops and gives him a hand.


Superjules said...


Gilsner said...

I have been that kid. On the side of the road. With no one to call. And whenever I have been that kid I've been so glad for people like you. Because it means so much more than a jump or a changed tire. It's a reminder that when you think no one will help you and people have passed you by to not give up. You are good peeps. And us 'kids' thank you.

And I'm glad you were safe and didn't get abducted. Because nuns with babies? Totally suspicious! ;)

Betty (bcatgray) said...

I totally understand you being hesitant. These days and times you don't know WHO is out to try to trick you. Better to be overly cautious than not at all. I'm glad that all worked out and your "could be son" was able to ride off unscathed. :-)

Issas Crazy World said...

I read this last week and meant to come back and comment. Loved this post.

My dad always stopped to help people. He always said, I hope that someday if you need help, someone's daddy stops for you too.

Anonymous said...

You are the best!
See I kinda blog'd too