365 writing Prompts: Helping hand
Tell us about the most surprising helping hand you’ve ever received.
Some prompts have a way of pulling together everything I’ve stored in my memory bank. Today’s prompt is asking me to think of all the good Samaritans I’ve met in my life’s journey.
One fine morning I looked out my window and was disturbed to see the driveway, the patio, the steps leading to the patio were covered with thick snow.
It seemed mother nature had a great time covering the trees, its branches and the yard with its soft fluffy snow.First thing that hit me was how on earth will I shovel all this snow. For a moment I was lost in my thoughts, wondering what can be the best way of clearing nature’s gift. I may have dozed off for a fraction of a second when I woke up to find a young girl looking at me, I was embarrassed and instantly said, “Did you say something?”
“Yes Miss”, she said, “Do you remember me?”
I stared at her, tried to remember where I’d seen her, nothing came to mind. I had a fake smile on my face which anyone with a bit of brain would know I couldn’t really recall who she was.
She saved me from further embarrassment by saying, “I’m Heather, Miss you taught me in grade four, don’t you remember?”
“Oh yes I do, and how are you?” I said.
Without waiting any longer she asked, “Can I help clear your driveway?”
This was something I never expected to hear.I was delirious, all I could say was, “It will be so nice!”
Across the street her friends, who were students of the university, renting my neighbor’s house were waiting for Heather, came along. There were seven of them, within an hour and a half my driveway was cleared of the twenty five cm of snow that fell overnight. I felt a mere thank you to these wonderful girls is not enough.
I bought a Turkey from the supermarket, roasted it, and prepared a salad. For dessert I baked a cake. I called them and when they carried all the food to the house, I was relieved I could return the favor!