Monday, May 24, 2010
This guy broke my heart this morning
He had way too many boxes piled on his scooter and they had fallen off. He was sitting on the sidewalk next to his useless scooter and all the boxes with his head in his hands.
It almost made me cry just looking at him.
You guys know I have delusions of saving the world from the driver's seat of my Honda Odyssey so I decided to go check on him.
Learning from my recent misadventures in roadside assistance, I took a minute to prepare what I was going to say to him in Mandarin. I was quite proud of what I came up with.
I sat down next to him on the curb and said, "Hi there. I saw you from the road. You poor thing, you have so many boxes. Is someone coming to help you?"
"Yes," he said, pointing to his cell phone. And just at that moment his friend pulled up. "He's here now."
I realized that what I thought was a moment of total despair was actually just him, sitting on the sidewalk waiting for his friend to come and help him.
Someone had his back.
(And I can be a little dramatic sometimes. I admit that.)