(Stock photo/Jaime González) A man came out of his house with a chainsaw and other men exited their vehicles to lend a hand with the piece by piece removal of parts of the tree. It was heavy work and hard work but everyone helped out and after almost an hour, they had secured a pathway for all of the vehicles to flow through.
Be Kind to Humankind Week Celebrates "Willing-To-Lend-A-Hand Wednesday"
AUGUST 27, 2008Lorraine Jara, BK2HKThe 25th through the 31st of August is "Be Kind to Humankind Week." (BK2HK) stresses the importance on being kind everyday, not just this week in celebration of kindness.This story is one which happened just recently in our small town in Michigan. My husband and son work together. At the end of the work day while waiting at home for them, I noticed the skies darkening to a very deep grayish black. There was a huge storm approaching. I battened down the hatches at the house, and prayed my husband and son would be okay coming home during rush hour. The rain began to fall in sheets with whipping wind, that of which I had never seen before. Our many large and small trees were doing the limbo under the stress of the strong relentless winds, and I thought for certain that one or more would fall over. This torrent of rain, wind, and flying branches continued while our lights flickered on and off. I have to admit it was fun to watch, I felt like Dorothy in the Wizard-of-Oz, but my worry deepened about the safety of my family. Traffic was at a stand still in front of my home. Finally, I received a telephone call from my husband. He and our son were stuck in traffic due to a huge tree which fell across our country road. They back tracked and tried to go down another route through town, only to become stuck in traffic again due to another huge tree which fell onto the roadway and hit power lines this time. My husband decided to try the one (and final) alternate route home, and he phoned me to let me know where they were. I was relieved they were safe, and that they should be home within 10 minutes or so. I waited and waited, 10 minutes passed, 20 minutes, 40 minutes, then finally I called my husbands cell with only his voice recording greeting me. Frustrated, I sat and waited, not knowing what was taking them so long. After more than an hour they finally arrived home! It turned out that on the last possible road leading to home yet another huge tree fell across the highway blocking traffic! This time however, a man came out of his house with a chainsaw and my husband, son and quite a few other men exited their vehicles to lend a hand with the piece by piece removal of parts of the tree. It was heavy work and hard work but everyone helped out and after almost an hour they had secured a pathway for all of the vehicles to flow through!Now that is what I call people in action Willing-to-Lend-a-Hand, and this just happened to occur on a Wednesday. So never hesitate to help out in any small or large way possible, because it's so rewarding. Thanks and happy Willing-to-Lend-a-Hand-Wednesday.www.bk2hk.org/week/wednesdaywww.bk2hk.org/2008/07/24/storm-teamwork/http://www.bk2hk.org/audio/with-a-little-help-from-my-friends.mp3