AN ACT OF KINDNESS GOES A LONG WAY…
Posted by BJC on April 17, 2019, 6:51 pm
My wife is recovering from a knee op, and I’ve been pushing her around in a wheelchair. |
While pushing my wife over a crossing, the small front coaster wheels dipped down into a rut in the gutter and a footrest became stuck and buckled inwards; I somehow managed to release the coaster wheels and the footrest from the rut, then tip the wheelchair back just enough so that the chair was balancing on its rear wheels and push my wife over the crossing before the traffic lights changed.
On the other side of the road, I lowered the coaster wheels back down onto the path, but couldn’t move the wheelchair, due to the footrest being buckled, so I decided to remove it - with some difficulty - by unclipping it. My wife, although in some discomfort, managed to rest both feet on the remaining footrest and we were on our way.
We were now outside a local park, and I remembered that inside the park grounds was a Council yard, where tractors, grasscutters and most likely tools, etc., were kept, so we headed through the park towards it. As we entered the yard there were a couple of men standing outside a large office cabin, talking – they noticed us. We stopped about 10 feet away from them and waited. After they finished their conversation, one man walked into the office and the other came over to us and asked if he could help; I told him exactly what had happened, showed him the bent footrest, told him we were stranded and asked if there was any way he could help. He told me that he would try, as he had a vice and other tools in the shed. I gave him both footrests so that he could straighten the badly bent one by using the straight one as a template. He came back a few minutes later with both footrests and asked me to try the one he had mended, that was previously bent… it was now as straight as the other and went onto the wheelchair perfectly, without any problem – how good’s that? My wife, still seated in the wheelchair, immediately offered the man a few notes, but he declined, saying that he was just glad to have helped. We thanked him for his great kindness and I jokingly told him that he should now add fixing wheelchairs to his résumé – he laughed and said that it would be a new one to his CV and would definitely raise eyebrows.
Good deeds make a positive impact.