EPISODE 340 ACCIDENT…SLIGHT ACCIDENT…AND A KIND ACT BY A YOUNG SIKH LAD WITH A BIG SMILE
Sunday may 23, 2021
NEAR empty three lane highway on Sunday morning May 23, 2021. Totally
enjoyable to be zipping along at slightly above the speed limit. Relaxed. One
hand on the wheel but paying close attention to the road.
“Alan, watch out!”
Suddenly there was a big white plastic pail spinning down my lane. From where?
I had no idea. Empty road. Dodged it without panic.
“Another one , Alan…bigger….you are going to hit it.”
“No time to swerve”
..no idea who was in the inside lane.”
“We hit it….did it pop out behind?”
“Too big….trapped under the truck …Stop!”
“Give me time…big service station ahead…empty lot.”
So we parked…Marjorie got me a broom to sweep under
the truck. Found the big container bent and fixed to
our front axle. No damage but it was fixed in place. Would not
By this time I was down on my knees. Reached an age when the knees
are no loner acting like rubber bands. How the hell was I to
crawl under the truck? And then the big nightmare…how was I to
get up off the pavement?
I poked for a while. Then suddenly there was another person pulling from
under the front of the truck. The thick plastic began to give
way. My rescuer pulled it out front way. Bashed, twisted…but
intact. Not me…the plastic tub. That was the way I felt though and the way the plastic tub
How the hell would I get on my feet. Knee sore from a football
injury at Victoria College decades ago. How to get back on my feet?
No problem. The young lad who noticed our trouble was right beside
me…offered his arm as did Marjorie.
Incident over. Well not quite. The boy had the biggest smile
I have ever seen. His name is Shandeep…a sikh …about
18 to 20 years old. Bright clothing to match his smile
and a black turban wound around his head. Exuded cheerfulness.
Then he was gone…before I could rudely ask if I could
take his picture. Gone. The service station lot was empty
We have had a number of kind acts lately. Nice.