It’s not what you’re thinking… I am still doing what I did professionally, although I did have a bit of a hiccup in my schedule today.
I live in a condo building in Burlington. I have been here since September, and while I try to be friendly, it doesn’t seem that many of the neighbours know each other. I know the people who live right next door to me – they have a puppy named Steeler who is absolutely adorable, and does not seem to bark. I don’t think that I actually know anyone else. In fact now that I think of it, I know the dog’s name, but not them or their children.
I know the cars that park next to me in the lot; to my left is a young lady in a Toyota Echo, and to my right is a Lincoln Navigator… or at least I think that’s what it is. I think he has a Mustang that he drives in the summer. I had seen the owners of the cars a couple of times in passing, but not often.
One afternoon this week I was about to go to Taekwondo. It was not my night to work or for class, but I was going to go see my son; Gilad goes Tuesdays and Thursdays, and so I go for his class even though I am off duty. However when I got to the car I checked my cell phone, and there was a message from Theresa that Gilad did not want to go this evening – he was dealing with a stomach bug, and we both understood.
As I was about to get out of the car, my neighbour (the young lady in the Toyota) pulled into her spot… and her car was hissing at me. As I didn’t think I had done anything to upset it, I asked (the driver) if everything was okay. She said she had just run over something and she thought she might have blown a tire. As we watched the tire go flat, I could see her spirits go down with it. “Well, I guess I have to call CAA and they will change the tire for me.”
I thought about it for a second and offered to do it for her. “No, that’s why I have CAA! I don’t change tires… I wouldn’t even know how to start.”
“Look,” I said. “If you call CAA, they will come in the next hour (or two), they will put your car up on the jack, take the tire off, put your ‘doughnut’ on, take it down, and tell you to go to the tire shop to get a new tire. By that time, the stores will be closed, and you will have to do it tomorrow morning. If I do it for you, it will be done in ten minutes, you can go to the store, and you don’t have to take half a day off of work.”
She asked if I was sure, and was very appreciative. Seven minutes or so later the spare was on tight, the flat was in the trunk, and she was asking if she could bring me a cup of coffee or something.
I didn’t want anything in return… although I suppose if she had invited me out for coffee I would accept because she is cute. I was just glad to be able to do a good deed, and told her that the next time she has the opportunity to offer to help someone, she should do it.
Of course, I won’t be able to wear these pants again until they get washed, and my gloves are a bit dirty… but I put a smile on the face of a woman in need, and that’s not all bad.