Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Yesterday was unexpected.

I unexpectedly blew a tire on my way to drop a carload of li'l kidlet stuff at a donation drop off.

I unexpectedly blew a tire on a country road.

I unexpectedly could not call for help when the number I needed to dial contained a 3.  Yes, my #3 button had not been working on my old phone for quite awhile.  Did I mention it was old?

I unexpectedly found an old(er) man, who did not have a phone.  Then, found a mean lady who said she didn't have a phone.

Then, unexpectedly, from the mean ladies place came a gal with her cell phone and offered it to me.

I was relieved.

Unexpectedly, she offered to change my tire.  I was ecstatic.

Unexpectedly, her little chihuahua came running across the street.  He was adorable and I held him while she changed my tire with my very slow to rise jack and minimal tools from my trunk.

I thanked her repeatedly, though I don't know that my words conveyed how grateful I was.

The rest of the day remained unexpected.  But, that unexpected act of kindness carried me through.

And what did I learn from having a flat tire on a country road?

A)  I need to learn how to change my own tire.


B)  Have a cell where all the buttons work!

Many thank yous to everyone who stops to help a stranger.  You make a greater impact than you know.


  1. Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers! And yes, for safety purposes you must get a new phone! That will save you from having to learn how to change your tire. LOL!

  2. Life will always throw curve balls your way so always expect the unexpected... it's a safety precaution.

  3. I'm glad someone stopped to help you. You need a new phone. Tell hubby you want one for Christmas. I've been begging for one forever! An iphone to be exact :P I don't expect much, do I?

  4. If that happened to me, I'd be insisting on a brand new iPhone. :) I'm glad someone was able to help you!

  5. I love is always good to hear about the kindness of strangers...I'm so glad someone helped you out....

  6. WHAT an unexpectedly THOUGHT provoking and inspirational post, Karen! GOSH! {U r gud!} *wink!*

  7. Lovely Karen!

    Not the tires and the phone and the mean lady, of course.

    But the kindness, and the lovely post that came from it.

  8. I am continually convinced that God can take anything and turn it for good! Glad you were blessed, and I love the way you shared your story.

  9. I am cursed by the Gods of flat tires. It maybe I live where contractors and carpenters let loose nails jump out of the back of their trucks, that the long dirt road I live on is poorly maintained, or most recently the mechanic who rotated my tires forgot to tighten the lug nuts on a wheel and the pins holding the wheel to the car sheered off.
    Even if some of them are nut jobs, country people are good, dependable people who come to the aid of others without hesitation--they're good nut jobs.

  10. It's nice to know there are people like that out there!

  11. It's experiences like this that just make days beautiful. And people. :)

  12. Yay to kindness and to awesome ladies who know how to change a tire for a stranger! I have a feeling you left feeling a little lighter, despite the tire experience!


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