I recently took a short trip to Arlington, VA to visit Mt. Vernon. On my last day there, I discovered that I had a flat tire. I called for emergency road service and was told that it would take about 45 minutes. While I was waiting in my hotel lobby for their arrival, I noticed a young man also just sitting there. After 45 minutes, I called again and was told it would be another 25 minutes. This young man asked what I was waiting for and I told him. He offered to change my tire, but I said road service would be there soon.
Shortly after that, he disappeared. When he came back, he had work gloves and said, “Where is your car? I’ll change the tire.” We walked to the car together. While he was working, road service called to say they were on the way. I told them not to bother as I had found a “Good Samaritan.”
When he was finished, I thanked him profusely and we started talking. He told me he was retired military (which I had figured out by his demeanor) and had served two tours in Iraq. His father was also military. I said that I thought it was a corny thing to say, but I thanked him for his service. He didn’t think it corny at all and appreciated my saying it.
I realize now that it’s not corny, but simply saying “Thank You” doesn’t seem like enough. Our service men and women put their lives on hold for at least two years, some put their lives on the line, some don’t survive.
As we were returning to our respective rooms, he THANKED ME for being so appreciative of his help. I couldn’t believe it. He deserved all the thanks, not just for the tire, but for all the years he spent serving our country and us.
I never got the name of my Good Samaritan, so to all veterans, I can only say “Thank you.” It doesn’t seem like enough, but it is sincere.