Today I witnessed something that infuriated me, and saddened me all at once. Maybe I take things to heart much more than others, maybe I care more than I should, but you know what, I would rather not be considered heartless.
Coming home this evening I saw a group crossing the street, and every person simply passed by an elderly woman who was pushing a walker. This wasn’t what got to me though. Every single person, all young people (teens to mid 20s), passed this woman and never offered her any aid. Why would she need help? Her groceries had all just fallen off of her walker. Not one looked back. Not one stopped to help.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Is this our world? Are we so self absorbed that we do not take a second to help another person, a fellow human, yet alone an elder who we should be there to aid in a heartbeat and without question.
As I pulled up to the stop line I quickly put my car in park, and put the 4-way flashers on. No one else got out of their cars either, though several others had been there before me. Each driver witnessing the same thing I had seen with my eyes. I ended up rushing over to her, and helped get her groceries off the cement. Sadly a container of sliced watermelon had exploded and we couldn’t save much with the little time that was had to get everything up and back on the walker, and for her to still cross the street safely.
My heart broke as she said “Thank you Miss, I cannot bend over to pick them up.” I simply replied “You are very welcome.” as everything was loaded back onto the handle bars so she could continue across.
Maybe it’s the way my parents brought me up. To put others first, and to help whenever I can. Maybe it’s because I worked in an elder care home. Someone needed helped, so I stopped to help. I am frightened to see that this could possibly be what our world is going to be like, and already is like. I do not look forward to when I am a senior and I may possibly need the help of someone else. My daughter will definitely be learning to do the same. To help others in times of need. I already see how huge her heart is, I pray that this world does not corrupt who she is and destroy how caring she is. Not under my watch will that ever happen.
I hope and pray that people will smarten up. Take a minute people and pay attention to those around you. Have a heart. What if you were in that person’s shoes some day?