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Senior cyclist says thanks for kindliness

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This morning I rode my bike a short distance to Whytewold Road and Ness Avenue to mail some letters.

But when starting off, I lost my balance and fell heavily to the pavement. Though not seriously hurt, I could not get to my feet. I am 80 years old.

Enter a young member of the Canadian Forces and her six-year-old son. She stopped her SUV and helped me to stand up.

Then someone, possibly the owner of the nearby Images, Fitness for Women, emerged from the spa with a first aid kit. Soon my superficial scrapes and bruises were patched up, and I was on my way home, walking the bike, having declined the offer of a ride.

A chance meeting among strangers showed me a kindliness and caring which I will long remember.

— Ray Johnson

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