Jacksonville, Florida—a car accident. A crushed car, sideways in the median. Years ago. She saw the car and pulled over
She jogged toward it. It was instinct. She opened the door. The man wasn’t breathing.
She had been working part-time at a pre-school. Pre-schools have mandatory CPR certification classes. Only a few days earlier, she had practiced resuscitating dummies in a church fellowship hall.
She pulled the man out of the battered vehicle. She found his breastbone. Thirty compressions. Two rescue breaths.
He’s alive today. A father of four. He keeps in touch.
Athens, Georgia—nineteen-year-old Billy didn’t want to get into a fistfight. He’d never been in a fight before. He saw a younger kid being beaten by two large boys. He couldn’t stay out of it.
Billy, who’d never thrown a punch in his life, pushed himself into the conflict. He fended off the two attackers, but not without being beaten-up.
Billy took the kid to the emergency room. They became fast friends. He brought the kid home
to meet his parents. The boy told them he’d been living with his uncle—who neglected him.
Billy’s parents invited the kid live with them. They fixed the guest bedroom. They bought him a Playstation. They fed him. They made him one of their own.
When Billy got married, the kid was his best man. When Billy had his first son, the kid became a godfather.
When the kid wore a cap and gown to receive a diploma, seven people stood and clapped for him.
Hoover, Alabama—Leigh Ann was your classic shut-in. She was too old and feeble to go anywhere.
Most days, she sat in a recliner watching her stories on TV. Sometimes she forgot to feed herself. She had nobody. She’d been lonely ever since her husband passed. Leigh Ann had no children.
One day, a young man who…