I wonder if it will ever stop? I know that the state (or county) put a sign on east-bound I-76 just before our exit that states “services next exit “, but it is wrong-sort of.
Yes, there are the services listed, however; when you get to the bottom of the off-ramp (which just happens to be right by our little farm), there is nothing to tell anyone just where to go for those services. It is another three miles to those services. Oh, and at the bottom of the off ramp, there is nothing telling them which direction to turn!
This has been a problem for us since the day we moved onto the farm (over 20 years ago now). I swear, everybody and their brother has to ask us something – or for something:
- “Can you tell me where such-and-such is?”
- “I ran out of gas, do you by chance have any to help me get to a gas station?”
- “Can you tell me where the nearest gas station is?”
Those three questions are the most asked, but we also have some real beauties that have happened:
- An elderly couple in a big, beautiful Caddy pulled into our driveway. The man got out and rang our doorbell. “I am sorry to bother you,” he said, “ but my wife really needs to use a bathroom. Could she possibly use yours?” Yes, we said yes.
- While enjoying our Friday night cocktails one comfortable summer evening, we watched a Motorcyclist come down the off-ramp. A pretty standard practice there as tons of Cyclists have done it in the past and continue to do so today. This one was a bit different. He got off the bike (which was not small by a long shot), pulled out his cane, and proceeded to step back to stretch his legs. That’s when it happened. Just as he stepped clear of the motorcycle, it fell over. He tried to catch it but it was obviously more than he could possibly handle. We got up from our comfortable porch chairs, walked across the highway over to him at the off ramp, and proceeded to lift his motorcycle back up for him. He thanked us endlessly and even offered us money (we declined) and said he was just on his way back to Denver from Sturgis (he went to the bike rally up there) and just needed a bit of a break. We kindly suggested he may want to look into getting a tric (tricycle motorcycle). We all had a nice laugh and he went on his way.
It should also be noted that I am a mom that became a very light sleeper when I had my child. I have never been able to sleep long or sound for a full eight-hours after I had her possibly because she was born with a disability, possibly just because it is a mom thing? This last Friday proved, once again, that it is a very good thing.
It was around 11:30 p.m. Friday night, and the dogs started barking weirdly. They have several types of bark, but there is one that signals there is something really strange outside. This bark was one of those types.
They woke me and I went to the windows to see what was up. Then I saw the vehicle lights which were aimed at our vehicles. Definitely not a good sign!
There are several reasons people with vehicles are in front of our home in the middle of the night:
- Gotta pee. This is by-far the biggest reason.
- Dog has got to pee.
- Check directions. Since the road signs do not clearly tell drivers where to go, they will drive by several times, stop, review maps or GPS and then figure it out.
- Change drivers because the current one is starting to drift off.
But, I have to say, this one was a first:
- As I was walking toward the widow where our vehicles are parked, I could see the top of someone’s head bobbing toward our door. The window was open because the night was cool and I leaned over and yelled out, “What do you want?” The poor kid jumped a foot! (Ok, I have to be honest and say that this made me laugh-internally- even though I was mad for the middle of the night disturbance.) He then proceeded to apologize profusely for the intrusion, but he/they had a bad flat tire. He asked if I had a jack. My first reflex action was “NO!!” I told him there was a garage just on the other side of the overpass and he could go there. (I knew full well that they were not open after 5p.m. any day, so the kid(s) would have to wait till morning. Serves them right for bugging me in the middle of the night!) After several more minutes of begging, offering the $20 he had for my trouble, and swearing he was not up to something bad; the mom in me gave in. I told him to pull in by my car and I went out to help. The tire was shredded so they must have been riding on it for a while. I got the jack out of my car, they proceeded to replace the tire and then the little fart offered the $20 again. I said no and then he asked if it was OK to give me a hug? He was going to visit he grandparents and I remined him of them. I caved in and then wished them a safe trip. Through all of this my sister, who fell asleep on the couch, did not budge – JERK!
I shared the story with my sister and we both laughed. Then she said was that she was proud I tried to not help them as we have sworn to each other to quit doing it. We have had too many bad experiences with strangers in the last 10 years and are trying to quit being so nice. The problem is, we were not raised that way. Our parents raised us with do unto others and help those that cannot help themselves growing up so its embedded in our D.N.A.
I guess that with the state of things in the U.S. right now, maybe this little act of kindness is good thing and possibly even appreciated? A jack? In the middle of the night? Man, I have gotten soft!
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