Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Lessons in kindness

  • Print

My son and I were returning home from errands late in the evening with my son, barely into his third month of driving, behind the wheel. We were driving south on Cambridge Street approaching Taylor Avenue.

There had been a lot of snow, and the banks were piled high from street plowing. At this point on Taylor, there is a curve in the road, and as we approached from Cambridge, it was impossible to see the westbound crossing traffic at the intersection.

My son started to turn west onto Taylor and sure enough we quickly found ourselves in the path of a westbound car. I pulled the steering wheel hard to the right, and we managed to avoid a collision but we rode high up the snowbank.

We were in dress clothes and had no tools to shovel our way out. A kind young man stopped to help dig us out, but the snow was too packed, and his shovel soon broke.

Another stranger, also a younger man, driving a black Toyota Tundra stopped shortly afterwards to help. He had a nylon tow rope and within minutes the two of them had wrapped it around a rear tire and carefully pulled us out.

Traffic was relatively heavy at the time. The congestion we had created was preventing a transit bus from turning north onto Cambridge, and we were now blocking the westbound curb lane on Taylor. Traffic was backed up in all directions, so we quickly thanked them and went on our way. We felt bad about not having properly thanked these two young gentlemen for their acts of kindness.

As I explained to my son, our only thanks is to pay this forward.

I have now purchased a small but sturdy shovel and a tow rope that will no longer leave the vehicle.

Thanks gents, for helping us that evening and for providing both of us with some exemplary lessons in both kindness and preparedness.

— Dean and Brad Melnychuk

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

About Random Acts of Kindness

Share your random act of kindness by e-mailing kindness@freepress.mb.ca.

Ads by Google