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A Series of Good Deeds, and a Bad Deed

It all happened very quickly.

The other evening I was driving on Mount de Chantal Road near the exit from the Kroger store. A pickup truck in front of me suddenly stopped.

No, I didn’t rear-end the truck if that’s what you’re thinking. I try not to tailgate when I’m driving. The driver put on his emergency flashers and I did the same so as not to be struck from behind.

There appeared to be something in the roadway.

Then the driver, a young man, got out of the truck and walked in front of his vehicle. He bent down and picked up a large metal traffic sign that someone had knocked from its mooring at the store exit.

He placed the sign safely to the side.

Who knocked the sign down remains unclear.

Then the young man noticed an elderly woman who had stopped her car on the store exit ramp. She appeared to be very upset and confused. The young man went over to her car and was obviously trying to assist her. He motioned toward the interstate as if to provide her directions.

At that time, I had to move as traffic was backing up.

I mention this because it was the second time in one day that I was witness to a member of the younger generation showing kindness to someone older. It was refreshing to see and I wish I could thank the young man’s parents for raising a good man.

Earlier inside another store, I saw a young man, this time a teenager, approach an older man in a motorized scooter who was having trouble reaching an item on the store shelf. Without hesitating, the teen grabbed the item from the shelf and handed it to the man. He was rewarded with a broad smile from the older man. But it didn’t end there.

The teen walked the entire length of the aisle to see if he could offer additional assistance.

Maybe these two kinds of incidents occur every day and we just don’t take notice. I’d like to think so. Yet more often than not, there is a segment of society today that believes it is entitled to put themselves and their wants and desires ahead of their fellow man.

Case in point: the young woman driver traveling north near Pittsburgh the other day had my blood boiling.

I wasn’t driving at the time, my husband was, so this allowed me to see what was happening.

I noticed this young woman’s car kept drifting to the right side of the highway.

As we got closer it was clear why. She was texting on her cellphone. She had the phone in front of her on the steering wheel and was texting while traveling about 70 mph. I tried to get her attention to have her stop this very scary practice while driving but she passed us as we turned off on our appointed exit.

I have seen this more and more in our area.

I don’t know what it will take to stop this dangerous and foolish behavior that keeps county coroners and funeral homes busy.

Heather Ziegler can be reached via email at hziegler@theintelligencer.net.

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