So this weekend I had some friends come visit me. One was from Orange County in California and one was from Phoenix, Arizona. They now live in the big, bad city of Worcester, Massachusetts. For those of you not from New England it is pronounced “WooStah” not “Worchester.” I did something this weekend that shocked them. As in they would only do it with a gun to their head, a.k.a. carjacking.
If we haven’t established it yet, my family’s home in New Hampshire is in the woods, boondocks, sticks,etc. So, with my city friends in the car, we were on our way home from a larger town, you know…one with stores. On one of the back roads on the way back (this one was paved—clearly civilized) I stopped on the side of the road to offer assistance to a broken down car. His car was pulled up on the side, his hood up. I pulled up, lowered the window and asked if he needed help. Sometimes your cell phone is in a black hole, and depending on your provider you may need to drive a few miles for service.
When your car breaks down and you have to hoof it for service to call for help, it makes a nasty day more horrible. This is why in the winter we carry several down blankets in all of the cars. In case we need to not freeze to death while waiting for assistance.
This man did not need help, he had already called AAA. So I wished him a better day than he was already having, and went on my way. Meanwhile my friends were horrified. They never would have stopped. Now, if I hadn’t had a full car I would have made sure the doors were locked, and the windows were down enough to talk, but not enough to bust through. I may be a country girl, but am not a potential victim. Also, I carry pepper spray. And though I don’t like guns, I am from NH. I don’t usually pack, but I know how to shoot a multitude of guns, and calibers.
Later my friends told me how surprised they were by my behavior, actually the term would be horrified. But, that is what we do in the Sticks, you check on others, in the hope that if you ever need help—someone will offer it to you. Most likely they will…this isn’t the city after all. There you never know who will stop. Yikes!