Saturday * November 22nd 2014

Moment of Kindness

Daily Prompt: Moment of Kindness

Describe a moment of kindness, between you and someone else — loved one or complete stranger.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us KINDNESS.

On my blog “radar” I like to read The Daily Prompt at WordPress.com.  I don’t always respond and post, but sometimes a theme “speaks to me.”  Not only does the prompt cause me to slow down and consider, it also makes me a (in my opinion) a better blogger and person.  :-)

My Moment of Kindness…

Lake Shastina - Weed, CA

Lake Shastina, California

At the end of June 2011, I was traveling in Northern California near Redding.  I was “hungry for the coast” and decided to take Highway 299 west to Eureka.  However, by the time I got to Eureka the clouds had rolled in and it rained non-stop for two days.  I knew that my RV group would be meeting at Lake Shastina near Mt. Shasta so I decided to take the same road and travel back to meet up with the group.

Highway 299 is a curvy, mountainous road and there was a steady rain that day.  However, I took it slow and set my sights on drier weather.

All of a sudden…

I came around a curve (being on the outside with a drop-off ) and a motorcycle had crossed into my lane and was coming at me head on.  There really wasn’t time to think – just act.  I tried to swerve a little, but didn’t want to cross into the wrong lane.  At the last second, the motorcyclist swerved and clipped my RV on the passenger side virtually destroying the side mirrors.   (Sorry, no photos since I was a “basket case!”)

The motorcyclist wiped out and was eventually airlifted to a hospital in Redding.  The police came and took my statement as I cried in the rain at the side of the road.   There were witnesses and eventually the motorcyclist’s insurance made good on my repairs.  However at the time,

I wasn’t OK…

The police told me I wasn’t far from Weaverville (that’s where they were called from to respond) and maybe something could be done about my side mirrors there.  I “limped” to Weaverville, intermittently sobbing the whole way.  I stopped at the Chamber of Commerce and they directed me to Weaverville Glass and Son.

I told my story and cried as I told it.  The owner “jerry-rigged” my broken mirror mount and replaced the glass and spent about two hours.  After he was finished, I asked him “how much do I own you?”  He replied:  “Nothing – you need a break and you’ve had a bad day…”

I began to cry again…

I asked if I could give him a “hug” and we embraced.  My tears turned to smiles and I was on my way again.  I had a “brush with death” and came out extremely lucky.  I consider myself spiritual but not religious and have to say that God was watching over me that day.  :heart:

I don’t know what the life lesson I was supposed to learn that day…

Maybe it was several lessons…  God protects babies and fools (myself being in the later category), believing in the kindness of strangers, etc…  Remembering and writing about this experience brings tears to my eyes – I’ll never forget the kindness of that special man in Weaverville.  He made me a believer in the kindness of humans and the “little miracles” we have in our everyday lives…

Have you had a special experience with kindness?  :rose:

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  1. Sandie UNITED STATES says:

    I was on an airplane. Don’t even remember where I was going. I was in a middle seat and the guy who had the aisle seat showed up. He took one look at me and called to the Stewardess very loudly. He stated (so the whole plane could hear) “I am NOT going to sit by that fat woman because she’s taking up most of my seat.”

    I was humiliated and had no idea what to do. The plane was full with no where to put me or this man. Behind me I heard this young man speak up. He told the stewardess that he would exchange seats with the jerk (He used another term) and would be glad to sit with me. Tears of humiliation turned to tears of gratitude for that wonderful young man.

    • Desert Diva UNITED STATES says:

      I’m so sorry that you had an encounter with an insensitive “a$$hat.” God bless the the young man who exchanged seats…

  2. I’ve experienced more kindness in the last two months than I can even process. Kindness in person, kindness by email, kindness in chat. Offers of shelter. Offers of friendship. Kind words, inspiring words, funny words. I am so full of gratitude that I leak.
    The Good Luck Duck´s last blog post ..More Oliver Lee State Park. Bonus: Las Cruces, New Mexico

  3. Gaelyn says:

    Such a heart wrenching story with a happy ending, for you anyway. I think when kindness is Really needed it has a way.
    Gaelyn´s last blog post ..Exchanging energy at Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge South Africa

  4. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. And also for sharing the WordPress daily prompt for bloggers–I didn’t know about this and will use it.

    I’ve had lots of kindness shown to me, particularly over the past few years since my divorce and since I began traveling.

    If I were to choose just one kindness to tell about, it would be right after I decided to stop traveling for a while and to settle in Truth or Consequences. I went to the local bookstore for a cup of coffee, and I told the owner that I had just moved to town. A woman came up to me and said, “I overheard you say you’re new to town. You’d better come and sit with me and my friends!” That was Barbara Bennett, who has been a friend ever since. Her kindness helped me feel like I’d made a good decision to settle down in that weird little town.
    Sue Soaring Sun´s last blog post ..Figuring Stuff Out at a National Forest Service Campground

    • Desert Diva UNITED STATES says:

      Hi Sue!

      I hope you and Steven are enjoying traveling this summer so far. I don’t use the WordPress Daily Prompt every day, but I think it’s a wonderful website and tool for bloggers to “think.”

      It’s wonderful that “kindness was shown to you when you first came to Truth or Consequences. Love T or C – it’s “quirky” but really cool.

  5. Dave UNITED STATES says:

    Wonderful post….thank you

    Dave (Marcia and Bubba and Skruffy)
    GoingRvWay.com

    ps: taco salad (couldn’t help myself…)
    Dave´s last blog post ..Two Happy Happy Happy Dogs

    • Desert Diva UNITED STATES says:

      Hi Dave!

      Sometimes it’s good to “go back” and remember moments when God is watching over you and sends people to “help you” in life…

      Actually, thanks for the “tip” – taco salad sounds cool and refreshing in this Las Cruces heat! ;-)

  6. Gay and Joe UNITED STATES says:

    That’s a great story…I do not have a story like that. My life until a couple of years ago has been pretty hum-drum…teaching, a husband, and raising 4 children and then having my Mother-in -law live with us for the last 15 years of her life. She was blind, deaf, and had alzheimers. We were her only care takers. When she passed away…we hit the road! And so far, it’s been a hoot! God has been good to us!

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