A sandwich and a bed for a stranger in need
Caught on Connecticut Avenue in the Jan. 26 snowstorm, I headed dangerously downhill after turning to avoid traffic. I careened into a school entrance, leaving my car partially in the street. I was in Chevy Chase, Md., completely lost and with a dead cellphone.
A man with a shovel came through the snow, and I approached him for help. We got my car off the road, he shoveling and pushing. He said, “I can’t just leave you here.” We walked to his house, where his lovely wife treated me as an invited guest, despite having no electricity or heat and having two babies to care for. We had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by candlelight, and then they offered me a bed and a cellphone.
The next day the man dug and pushed my car free; I drove him to where he had safely pulled off the road during the snowstorm, only to find that his car had been towed. Surprisingly, I knew the location of the impound lot, which was 10 miles away. Once there, we split the $200 towing bill, over his protests. I knew my car would have been towed except for him. Karma?
Those who welcomed a stranger are Phil and Jigishah McWilliams, two in a million. Though without heat, theirs was one of the warmest homes I’ve ever visited.
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