Jeanette Sekan
Jeanette Sekan
By Jeanette Sekan
The Cody (Wyo.) Enterprise

In today’s time of fear and suspicion with just about everyone and everything, I was pleased to be on the receiving end of kindness and assistance by some good Samaritans.

I know most people want to be kind and helpful. I know most people are good people. It’s also nice to be reminded of this, and hopefully, have the chance to pay it forward.

I was at an airport over the holidays and the expected hiccups were occurring – weather, delayed flights, etc. All this meant limited seats in the waiting areas and overflowing restaurants and restrooms. Irritability ensued, from many fronts.

I tried to take it in stride since there wasn’t much else I could do under the circumstances. But I’m also a klutz at times. I have eyesight issues, one of which is lack of depth perception. I’ve dealt with this since I was a youngster, but the realities of this limitation rear its head at inopportune times.

As I was wandering around the airport killing time, I tripped over my own feet. I didn’t quite fall flat on my face, but my bag and boot caught in the escalator as I was about to step on solid ground. I was caught with no place to go except either down or around.

Fortunately, an agile gentleman was right behind me and realized something bad was about to ensue. He rescued me, dropping his newly purchased hot coffee in the process to make sure I was able to stand without stumbling in place.

We had a mutual chuckle. I replenished his coffee loss, and was able to walk away with my embarrassment manageable and no injuries to add to my self-inflicted insult.

Recently, I received a call from someone I did not know. It was a nice lady letting me know she had rescued my two dogs. I was working and it took me a few minutes to understand exactly what she was saying, as I couldn’t fathom how this was possible.

She told me they were a couple of miles from my home and brought them back. They were on the highway in definite danger.

A friend was at the house engaged in her own search for the wayward canines. I was working and suddenly all clear thought vanished. I grabbed my stuff and left work, arriving home in record time. The adventuresome duo was fine and happy to see me.

My friend was feeling terrible and we both tried to figure out what happened. The deduction was that either she or I did not fully latch one of the gates and the inquisitive twosome decided to go exploring. All ended well, thanks to a caring soul.

In both instances, a complete stranger stepped in to help. At the airport, I could have sprained/broken something. At home, I could have lost my precious pets and never known what happened. But someone paid attention and did a kind thing.

I believe people do kind things that never get the attention that negative behaviors garner. I know I’m grateful for the kindness and caring. It’s up to me to reciprocate. I will.

Jeanette Sekan is a columnist for the Cody Enterprise in Cody, Wyo. and a former resident of Ohio. The award-winning newspaper is owned by Sage Publishing Co. of Cody, Wyo. Jeanette’s columns are published in The Highland County Press, courtesy of the author and the Cody Enterprise (