Against my better judgement, I returned to the county fair yesterday. I took another one of my friends with a disability, who really wanted to go. I figured that if I paid extra attention and helped her get on the rides, we wouldn’t have any issues.
First, she decide to go on the merry-go-round. As we approached the ticket booth, I asked the attendant if I could help her get on. He laughed and then walked away. In the moment of time that I was baffled as to how someone could be so rude, my friend had already boarded the ride. Needless to say, she had a lot of difficulty getting up on the horse. The ride attendant came by and tried to help her up. When she couldn’t do it, he got frustrated and started talking in a stern voice to her. My friend started getting really flustered. I started getting really angry. I was stuck on the outside of the ride with no way to get in. AGAIN.
And then she appeared. My guardian angel.
A woman from the other side of the ride tapped the attendant on the shoulder and asked him to move. She gently tried to help my friend get on the horse. When she still couldn’t, the lady said “that’s okay” and helped her sit in one of the carriages.
I was so grateful to this lady. Every time the merry-go-round passed, I mouthed “thank you”at her. Yet 27 thank you’s didn’t seem like enough, especially when At the end of the ride she went out of her way to help my friend off.
It never ceases to amaze me how nice strangers can be. After the ride was over, I completely forgot about the nasty ride attendant.
And to my guardian angel- thank you. Thank you thank you thank you thank you.
And one last time for good measure- thank you.
You are the epitome of what is good in this world. I sure hope that one day it all comes back to you. 🙂