It was one of those days. You know: alarm doesn’t go off. Your car is at E. You’re late. Traffic blows. The parking deck for class is full. All the others are $25 because there’s an exhibition in town. The Hyatt charges $5/hr so you figure you’ll leave after three hours. Class is done you give the valet the ticket and he looks at it, and then at you in a strange sort of way and says oh… the Honda? And you get nervous because he looks much like a doctor about to deliver bad news. And he tells you your battery died and they’re trying to jump start it. Which they do. You drive out the garage but in your frazzled state miss the exit, take the wrong highway towards the wrong part of town with your needle so below E you didn’t know it was possible, so ou take the first exit to the only gas station in the area which charges accordingly and has a line of people accordingly. Gas finally gets filled but your car won’t start. And as you sit beads of sweat trickling down your neck wondering what you will do a cop pulls up next to you to get gas. And he gives you a really nasty annoyed expression when asked for help but says he will. As you lift the hood another guy walks over and says he’ll help if you give him coke. This seems perfectly worth it so you buy him one and he proceeds to spill its contents over the corroded portion of the battery and gives a jump and says all is well now. It is. You thank the stranger and the cop sheepishly apologizes for being annoyed but he was on his way to help his partner on the side road who is out of gas after a failed high speed chase.
Though it took me 2.5 hours to reach home I can’t get over how lucky I was that I parked at the Hyatt so someone could help me jump start my car. And how lucky I was that I took the wrong turn and ended up at a gas station where a police officer and a kind stranger could help me. I’m so thankful that there are people out there who will see someone in trouble and instead of thinking “not my problem” will finish the sentence “but I’ll help anyways” Thank you kind stranger who will never read this but who I appreciate so much for reminding me of the good that exists in the world, all corners of it. And thank you Officer not just for helping but for apologizing. You helped me feel better towards officers again.