Yesterday on the way home from the morning school run, a car in front of me got stuck at a junction, on a hill, on the ice. There were more cars behind me, and other cars waiting to turn into our road. After about a minute of her wheel-spinning, and slowly rolling backwards towards my car, I got out and instructed her to take the breaks off and apply gentle acceleration, while I pushed her over the icy patch.
She was REALLY apologetic, and wouldn’t stop thanking me, like I’d just saved her life or something.
The thing that I didn’t understand, was that all the drivers in the cars around us bar 1 (there may have been 6 or 7 other cars) were all men. Not one of them got out to help us while we slowly got the lady up the hill and round the corner.
A she drove off, she was still shouting thank you, and still apologising.
A few junctions ahead, as she turned a corner, she stuck her hand out and waved, then disappeared down another road.
Sitting here this morning having seen her in the distance, I stil can’t decide which is weighing on my mind more; the lack of help from others, or how immensely thankful and apologetic she was.
Shouldn’t have to be that way.