Commentary

Elena Elisseeva: Snow storm brought the best in us

March 3, 2014 

The recent snow storm was short, but intense. It brought us, apart from a few inches of snow, lots of troubles, problems, worries, and inconveniencies.

After driving in the snow for two and a half hours from Chapel Hill to Durham that Wednesday afternoon, I got stuck at Woodcroft Parkway. I was trying to take my car up the hill, but the wheels were spinning. I really didn’t know what to do until the driver behind me, a complete stranger, came up and started pushing the car while I was slightly tapping on gas as he suggested Ido.

Unfortunately, the weather conditions didn’t allow my car to move up, and very soon I found myself surrounded by a few more people, including a policeman. They helped me to back my car off and safely park it on the side of the road. One of the gentlemen offered me a ride home in his 4-wheel vehicle, and I gladly accepted the offer. Sitting in the comfort of their car and enjoying their warm hospitality (his name is Gary and his wife’s name is Kim), I found out that because of me they were driving an “extra mile” away from their own home.

After they dropped me off not far from the subdivision where I live, I continued my long way home. The snow was heavy and thick, and pretty soon I could hardly see through my glasses. On an almost empty road I met the lady, who immediately asked me how far I had yet to walk, and I am pretty sure she was ready to hand me in her umbrella. Luckily, I was very close to my home, so was she to hers. On the next day, my husband headed to pick up my abandoned car. He decided to walk. Our good neighbor Warren, cleaning his driveway at that time, without any hesitation offered my husband a ride.

I am sure that a lot of travelers in our community can share similar stories about people’s kindness and willingness to help. Very often in our daily lives we feel so pressured and overwhelmed, especially when dealing with a difficult boss or unfriendly co-workers, or facing a lay off, that we tend to think that people are getting harder and more indifferent, and human kindness is a very rare quality nowadays. Sometimes we need something big or tragic to happen to remind us about love, compassion, and sympathy, and realize how many wonderful people are around us. I am very grateful to all people, involved in my “winter story”, they made me to believe in the best people’s qualities again.

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