Last Saturday, I was lucky enough to meet not one but two awesome residents of Sooke.
It turns out that waiting for your teenager to put gas in the car is not a wise plan. As I turned up Whiffin Spit Road, my car started to putter. I was out of gas!
Right away, a man pulled over and helped me move my car off the road, then offered to drive me to work. On our way, we talked about how this year had been a tough one on a personal level on top of COVID. What struck me is that this individual could still reach out and help someone after recently been through a devastating loss.
When I thanked him, he said, “We’ve got just to help one another out when we can.” Later that day, he dropped my keys off at work with a smile as well.
After work, I walked to the gas station to borrow a jerrican, but they were not lending them out, so I decided to walk home and get mine instead of buying one. A woman overheard our conversation and offered me a ride home.
The attendant said, “Do you know her?” she asked. “No, but I am going that way.”
I got home and called my neighbour for a ride as the jerrican would be heavy. My neighbour was over in a flash, and when I came to the front of my house after unsuccessfully finding a jerrican, the woman who had given me a ride was there waiting with a full jerrican! When I thanked her, she said, “We’ve got to stick together and help each other out.”.
I felt so lucky and proud to be part of this genuinely compassionate community.