Saturday, June 26, 2010

My good deed for the day...

So today the craziest thing happen to me. I was driving home from watching the USA soccer game and I passed this little girl playing in her front yard on a pretty busy road. I didn't notice anybody outside with her and as soon I passed her I just felt something was wrong! I looked in the rear view mirror and could still see her getting closer to the road. I knew right away I had to turn around and go back. I couldn't turn around because I had cars behind me and there were oncoming cars in the opposite lane. Somehow I just reacted, I made a right turn into someones yard and I could see her walking towards the road. I slammed on the gas and tore through about 3 peoples yards trying to get back to her. When I got close enough I jumped out of my truck and started to run in her direction. She looked me right in the eyes and smiled as she was about to step into oncoming traffic, thankfully I snatched her up before she could. She was one of the most beautiful little girls I have ever seen. I started to carry her back up to her house when her family ran outside yelling and screaming. They ran over to us and I have a feeling they thought I was trying to kidnap her but I quickly explained to them the what happened.

When I was walking back to my truck I felt so relieved, I got in and drove off. A few seconds later I got the weirdest feeling and my whole body started to shake! It freaked me out so I pulled over to calm down. I took some deep breaths and tried to relax myself. I don't what came over me, maybe my body was reacting to all the adrenaline? This all happened around 5 pm, I have felt weird ever since it happened. There has been so many times in life when I have seen something that was wrong and I didn't have the courage to say or do anything about it, and I regretted it every single time. Alot of what held me back in the past was my weight, I didn't want to attract attention to myself. As the weight comes off my confidence in myself increases. I have been in hiding for way to long and I am starting to bust out of this shell.

There was alot of traffic on that road today, it really burns me inside that nobody else stopped to help that little girl. She was only 3 years old, she didn't know any better. I am glad I was in the right place today. She probably has no idea that I helped her today, and she will never know what she has done to help me...

4 comments:

~LORI~ said...

alan......i am pretty speechless. it gave me the chills. it is so beyond wonderful, admirable and heart touching what you did. and the reasons behind why you didn't in the past and why you did this time, are just so special to see how you are changing, how you are feeling better about yourself, and how you are making a difference in people's lives...in so many ways......i am so thrilled to hear this story and i am so glad you shared it with us.

Sam said...

That is so awesome that you would do that! Not many people would one, listen to that prompting, and two, make such big effort. But think of that amazing impact you've had on that family, whether they recognized it or not. Because of you, their daughter is tucked away safe in her bed tonight, instead of somewhere awful like the hospital or worse. You were a hero today. Thanks for sharing!!

daretobecome said...

I can't even imagine what you must be feeling. You are a pretty amazing man, Alan. You are living in the moment and listening to your "self".

KCLAnderson (Karen) said...

This choked me up on several different levels...