The Good Samaritan walked 15 miles in her shoes

@lokisdad (4267)
United States
November 30, 2015 6:56pm CST
The good samaritan walked 15 miles in her shoes. Today that was the case for my wife. As many of you know we do not have a vehicle. We don't live in the city I guess you can say we live on the outskirts of the city. My wife had to go to the bank to correct some thing and sign some paper work. It unfortunately could not be done over the phone or online. It had to be in person for security reasons we understand. It was in our best interest especially because she had fraudulent activity problems in the past. The bank branch we back with is about 7-8 miles from our home. Doesn't seem very far when you are driving of course. Now the average person walks about 3 miles in an hour. So by that calculation it would mean that she would be walking for about 4-5 hours to and from. Today wasn't really cold but it was drizzling on and off. My wife asked her aunt for her a ride so that she wouldn't have to walk in the rain. My wife didn't mind the rain it was the 15 miles that she minded. Her aunt's reply was sorry I can't give you a ride because my windshield wiper is broken. In truth the wiper really was broken. She was not lying however that is not what upset us. What upset us was that the wiper being broken was not a reason to deny her a ride. It was not raining heavily. Had she given her a ride she could have been there in about 10 minutes instead of walking in the light rain for about 2 hours in each direction. Which if you think about it if you are exposed to light rain for that long period of time what happens? You get soaked which is exactly what happened to my wife. Now I am aware that nobody is obligated to do anyone else any favors. What bothers me is what good is having family if they don't help you when you need it? Oddly enough though when others need they have absolutely no problem coming to us and asking. Like Thanksgiving for instance I don't work on those kind of special holidays I spend them with my family. I however worked on their soffit for free! The one thing I have told them is to make sure that my wife has a ride for her important appointments. Which today was exactly that and what happened? They couldn't do a single thing to help. My wife was almost home she had another 2 miles to walk when a good samaritan had turned around and came and asked her if she wanted a ride to her destination. My wife thanked him and he said he had walked a mile in her shoes living here and not having a ride and having to walk in bad weather for long distances.
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@hereandthere (31982)
• Philippines
1 Dec 15
it was awful reading your post. then reading your comments about her sciatica, frozen hands, and cars splashing her left me speechless. thank god for cellphones. driving 7-8 miles with a broken windshield wiper under light rain in the outskirts of the city doesn't sound too dangerous and as you said would probably only take 10 mins. and it's family you're doing it for, not a random stranger. so it's ironic that a stranger who had the same car-less experience actually did for your wife. i hope you see him again.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
1 Dec 15
I felt so sorry for your wife having to endure walking like that in the rain in her condition but Thank God for a good samaratian hoping you thanked him enough.
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
1 Dec 15
@Marcyaz He was a very kind man we invited him in and he stayed and talked with me mostly for a while. Our little one told him hey I need a hug and a kiss too when he was getting ready to leave.
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
1 Dec 15
@hereandthere We will see him again for sure he lives about a 30 minute walk up the road. Its partly why my wife has little to no association with her blood relatives she actually has a very large family. she adopted 1 of my friends &she calls him papa he's in his 70's as old as her dad before he passed. He has done more for her than her own blood& she makes it a point especially now that we have moved and aren't across the street to not ask him to give her rides.Some people are just mean but its the few that aren't that make you not lose all hope in humanity.
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@rebelann (42015)
• El Paso, Texas
1 Dec 15
Well, a rain coat would have prevented her from getting soaked but I'd hate to walk in any kind of weather, as a woman that could be very dangerous. Your wife was lucky.
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
1 Dec 15
She was wearing a rain coat but the rest of her body was soaked. Her hands were freezing cold.Her feet were cold& wet too. She has a pinched sciatic nerve which causes her pain& numbness and other problems excessive exercise like she did today makes the symptoms worse. I felt bad so when she got back I had dry clothes ready and waiting along with a hot coffee to wash down her pain medicine.
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@rebelann (42015)
• El Paso, Texas
1 Dec 15
Ouch @lokisdad my sciatic nerve was damaged years ago and I still have trouble walking long distances, I hope she had good walking shoes on, I've noticed I don't have it that bad as long as my shoes are equipped with the proper heel support, still, it only does so much. I hope you have medical insurance so she can go to a chiropractor for an adjustment, she'll need it after that kind of walk.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
1 Dec 15
@lokisdad good for you could you not have gone with her for back up?
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@scheng1 (24755)
• Singapore
1 Dec 15
My goodness, I cannot imagine having to walk just to get things done at the bank. I wonder if there is a way to solve this problem. I doubt she can walk like this for the next 50 years. Even though she may catch a ride at times, that is not a given.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
1 Dec 15
I take it you don't have a vehicle but is there no one else you could have asked for a ride?
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
1 Dec 15
@Marcyaz my whole entire family left the state and all she has for family here is her aunt and uncle which aren't helpful much. She has poppa my friend she adopted because he's always been good to her but we don't live across the street anymore and he's in his 70's she won't ask him unless its a doctors appointment for the kids. She feels its too much to ask of him to drive out of his way sit and wait on her and then drive back. We see him once a week now we used to everyday before she misses him&when he comes to visit she gets a big smile.
@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
1 Dec 15
@scheng1 she is super sore not as much as yesterday. Shes moving around. They had to open a new account and close an old one and she had to sign papers. Get new checks etc and it had to be done then because it takes 24 to unfreeze her account. She has a check coming in for a large sum and there was no other way to get it done in time. Lucky she won't have to go back in the bank again for a long time. The lady set it up so that all she has to do is talk to her only time she will have to come in is if they require a signature.
• Philippines
1 Dec 15
always bring a small umbrella, you never know when it's going to rain. good man he is, hope she didn't get sick
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
1 Dec 15
I couldn't thank him enough because I worry about her. I called her a half dozen times to check on her. He said people would speed up to pass her as if to avoid her. She said a few people sped up and splashed her she didn't know if it was on purpose or not but it didn't matter to her either way she was getting splashed& there wasn't much she could do to avoid it no sidewalks.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
1 Dec 15
@lokisdad What a nice person to give her a ride. people will do that but if I had seen her out walking like that I would have stopped and asked her how far she was going and probably have given her a ride also.
• United States
2 Dec 15
Aww that is terrible and selfish cause it sounds the aunt, the driver, is paranoid driving in rain; which still could of been avoided as your wife could of driven the car with the aunt in it, hmmm some people just lose any spirit associated with compassion, especially this time of year.
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
2 Dec 15
I think sometimes people worry about those little things way more than they should. At least she didn't say no and then go out in the car with a broken windshield wiper.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
1 Dec 15
So a good samaritan did more for your wife than the aunt did when she said no because of broken windshild wiper. I hope the next time the aunt asks you for help you will say no because ____.
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
1 Dec 15
@marcyaz I told my wife i will not be helping them fix their place especially not now after this and not for free! I'm tired of their crap.
@GardenGerty (100512)
• United States
1 Dec 15
It sounds as if you need some more people in your life who are willing to help with the important errands.
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
1 Dec 15
yes we do but sadly we don't have many and the few who are willing are either far from us or really old which makes us less likely to ask because of that very reason.