09/15/2014 05:57 pm ET Updated Nov 15, 2014

Muddy Strangers

It was a long day at work. I was so glad to be going home. I climbed into my car and started to pull out of the dirt parking lot, only to stop after a couple of feet. It was then that I realized I was stuck in a sloppy, deep, muddy hole. I couldn't go forwards. I couldn't go backwards.

A lady immediately came up to see if she could help. We tried putting some cardboard under the tire, but it immediately got slick with mud. She tried pushing. No luck.

Next a man comes walking down from the other end of the parking lot. Immediately he starts trying to figure out how to get me unstuck. They try pushing but it doesn't work.

Cue stranger number three. She came driving across a field to get to the parking lot, and she is in a pickup truck. We all are excited for this solution. She wants to help but doesn't have a tow rope. Luckily, I have one in my car. Unluckily there is no where to attach it to the rear of my car, and the front of my car is literally buried in mud. That doesn't stop stranger #2 and stranger #3 from laying in the mud to try and figure it out. I go get a shovel, and we start trying to free up the car somehow, but it isn't very successful.

Cue stranger number four. A lady comes over and asks if she can help. I told her we were in need of some brilliant ideas. She says that kitty litter adds a lot of traction which we definitely needed. Luckily my work had a giant tub of kitty litter since we use it to clean up throw up when kids throw up.

Cue stranger number five. A man comes walking over from the condos close by and asks if he can help. He checks things out for a minute and then offers to go round up some men from the condos to come help push the car out.

Cue stranger six, seven, and eight. They come back with stranger #5. We put kitty litter in the mud, and strangers #5, 6, 7, and 8 all push me out!

These people were truly my heroes today. I don't have money for a tow truck. I don't know a lot of people that could have come and helped me. My husband and I only have the one car, and I needed it to get home. I am so grateful for generosity and charity these eight strangers showed towards me! Some of them were there from the very beginning and stayed the entire hour that I was stuck. These people were getting in the mud and doing all they could to help me, someone they had never met and will never see again. I was so grateful and couldn't seem to say enough to let them know how grateful I was. I was amazed and inspired by the charity these people had and am determined to pass it on. When I see someone in need, I want to be the superhero these people were to me.


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