It’s been 5 years since I helped Ruby and I’ve always wondered how she’s doing now. Wherever you are, I hope things are well for you.
(Circa August 22, 2014)
As I was walking today, I met Ruby.
She informed me that the battery to her motorized wheelchair had run out and she needed to call her friend to come get her. I didn’t have my phone on me, but we were fairly close to a public phone.
I first politely asked if I could phone someone for her (walk to the phone, then walk back) but then I thought it would be better to escort her to the nearest phone and she could make the call. That way, she wouldn’t be waiting on the street.
She was very apologetic, but I told her I didn’t mind at all and it was no trouble.
We talked as we headed to the phone. Had a nice chat about the weather, where she works, where I work, etc. It was very genuine. We even talked about the one person who had seen her 10 minutes prior, but decided to cross the street and not assist. I assured her that “Chivalry ain’t dead. There’s still some of us left!” 🙂
15 minutes later, I got her to the phone and had her make the call to her friend. Unfortunately, her friend wasn’t home, so I asked if I could phone a cab for her (which I did). I pushed her out to the front of the building to wait for the cab. I asked if she wanted me to wait for her until the cab arrived, but she said she was fine.
As I said good bye, she said “God bless you.”. I told her it was no problem at all and I wished her a good day. (And yes, I’m man enough to say there was a tear in my eye!)
People, I’m going to be honest….I’ve been having a bad few months with things in my life. But, I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. If you can help one person, be a role model, have positive influence, etc. that is what life should be about. Ruby, thank you for helping me make my day a little bit better and helping to put things back into perspective for me.
To everyone else reading this, please try to find your ‘Ruby’ and make the world a little bit better 🙂