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The Kindness Of Strangers

The Kindness Of Strangers

Once again I find myself stumbling into a blog post that I didn’t have planned or scheduled but it is something that I wanted to document, not only as a reminder for myself but also so that it is something that people might read and make them think a little more about, should they find themselves in a similar situation.

Last week was half term for us and I went away with my Little Man to Torquay for a few days. Torquay is a favourite place of ours to visit in the UK and is somewhere we usually visit each year. This time though, the husband didn’t have enough holiday and so we went with my parents.

All was going really well and the day before we were due to come home, was no different. That is until I took a nasty fall in the street and fell onto my knees into the road.

It all happened so fast. One minute I was walking along, hand in hand with my little boy on the way to Tesco and the next minute I was falling face first with no way of stopping myself. I hit the floor hard on both knees and the pain that soared through me was excruciating. I winded myself and my entire body took the impact because I hurt all over. I thought I was going to pass out.

Before I knew it I had two or three people coming up to me asking if I was okay. I couldn’t even answer them I was that disorientated. Seconds later a man came over and he said to me “We’ve got to get you out of the road, in the count of three I’m going to lift you up and we’re going to do it in one go”. Moments later I was hoisted up and I was being moved over to a nearby bench where I could sit down.

Before I knew where I was and what I was doing, the man had gone and the other people were checking I was okay. By this point, my parents had arrived from the nearby coffee shop I had left them in. We weren’t far away from there when the fall happened and I could see the entrance. At the moment I thought I was going to pass out I remember saying to the Little Man, go and get Nanny and Grandad. I didn’t want him to see me pass out and be left with a bunch of strangers and I knew I could watch him to the door. He was so brave and he ran to them straight away so I knew he was safe.

Thankfully, I didn’t pass out and the minute I saw my Mum I burst into tears. Why do we still do that?!

The purpose of this post isn’t to gain sympathy, but to point out that my faith in human kindness has been restored.

I was on my own with my little boy when I fell and because of those three strangers, we were kept safe. I had no idea I was in the middle of the road when it happened and would likely have stayed there on the floor because I was in that much pain. A kind stranger got me out of the road and out of harm’s way. If he hadn’t, I may not even be here to write the story had a car been coming up the road and hit me.

No doubt, many others walked on by. Some probably had a laugh at my expense when they saw me fall (we’ve all been there). But some didn’t think twice to stop and help and for that, I will be eternally grateful.

 

 

 

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This quote certainly says it all right now. Today hasn’t been the greatest of days. After taking a nasty tumble into the road in Torquay town centre my faith in human kindness has been restored. I fell down a curb and landed on both knees in the road and I had several people run to me to make sure I was okay. One man got me up and out of the road and the others made sure that I was okay. Even my little boy was a superstar as he ran the short few metres to my parents to let them know what had happened. These people didn’t have to do that. They could have walked on by as I’m sure many others did. But I am so grateful to those wonderful kind souls who stopped to help this complete stranger when I needed the help the most. Thankfully, no lasting damage has been done. I didn’t pass out like I thought I was going to. I have two very painful knees, one of which is very swollen and I think I jarred my entire body as I’m pretty sore all over but I’m relieved that that’s all that is wrong. And thank goodness there wasn’t a car coming. I will never forget the kindness of the people I met today. Next time I see someone who needs my help I will be the first one there. Because now I know how much it really means.

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So next time I see something similar happen to someone else, I will be the first to drop everything and do everything I can to help, because now I know how it feels and now I know how grateful that person will be.

 

Have you ever been in this position? Perhaps you’ve helped a stranger, or have been on the receiving end of the kindness of strangers? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

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13 Comments

  1. 6th November 2018 / 7:12 am

    Gosh how scary is it when you can collapse like that? I’m so glad people supported you and your little lad, who was so brave. It does make you feel so good about humanity when so many nice folk step in xx #TriumphantTales

  2. 6th November 2018 / 9:55 am

    A horrible thing to happen, but when the pain subsides it might actually be a positive memory. Thanks to those kind people. Good to have our faith in people restored. #TriumphantTales

  3. 6th November 2018 / 10:16 am

    How scary for you! Glad you are ok. About 12 years ago I was in Bulgaria on holiday with my parents. We were waiting for our meals in a restaurant and I wanted to go back down the street to buy a souvenir from a little shop we had just walked past, it was getting late and I knew the shop would be closing soon. It was a cobbled street and just as I got to the shop I caught my heel and fell hard scraping my knees and hands. The street had seemed almost deserted but the second I fell all the local shop owners came running out, one carrying a first aid kit! They patched me up, I bought my souvenir and one of them escorted me back down the street to the restaurant, I was 15 at the time. #TriumphantTales

  4. 6th November 2018 / 10:35 am

    Glad to hear you are ok and your son was able to get your mum and dad safely. Well done on the strangers stopping to help you, I’m often the one who goes to help and have been helped myself also, what goes round comes round. #triumphanttales Hope your knees are better now

  5. 6th November 2018 / 12:58 pm

    How scary, I have been in a similar situation and a stranger helped me. Most people are good people i find X #triumphanttales

  6. 6th November 2018 / 2:59 pm

    Jaki, thank you for sharing your experience. We hear so many negative stories about uncaring people that we can forget there ARE kind people out there. Perfect for #triumphanttales.

  7. 6th November 2018 / 3:53 pm

    Glad that everything turned out safely. I have been helped by strangers many times and to me it is my higher power’s way of saying “Your work here is not done yet.”

    Hope your knees get better soon.

  8. 6th November 2018 / 4:30 pm

    It is amazing when people step out of their day to lend a hand. I am glad you were ok. I am also glad they were there. #triumphanttales

  9. 7th November 2018 / 8:05 am

    Sounds nasty, and very good that people were around to help as well. Human empathy is a strong thing, and given the chance, I think the vast majority of people are kind and helpful in situations like that 🙂 #TriumphantTales

  10. 9th November 2018 / 10:30 am

    There are still kind people out there – glad that you ok. And yes no matter how old we are, we still need our mothers #TriumphantTales

  11. 9th November 2018 / 3:25 pm

    I’m glad you are ok, it must have been very scary. Little man was so brave too. A little kindness goes a long long way.
    #TriumphantTales

  12. 12th November 2018 / 9:48 pm

    What a scary thing to happen. Always good to be reminded that people on the whole want to help #triumphanttales

  13. 14th November 2018 / 11:21 am

    Jaki, thank you for sharing this story. I am so sorry you fell, but I am so grateful to read and see that total strab=ngers came running to your side. You are helping me see the good side of humanity too, and in these times, I need that! I hope the bruises are long gone and goodness prevails! #triumphanttales xoxoxo

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