In Praise of Big, Strong Men

| 2/3/2011 10:36:50 AM

KC ComptonLast night in the raging blizzard that has complicated our lives here in the Midwest for the past day and a half, my car got stuck in the snow two blocks from my house. Two stinkin’ blocks!

I rocked back and forth so much I was afraid I would tear up my transmission. No neighbors seemed near (though I secretly wonder if they were peering out of their curtains saying, “I am NOT going out in that mess to get her out of the middle of the street…”) and I was feeling truly abandoned and miserable. Finally, I bit the bullet and called Caleb, our associate editor here at GRIT. I whined and threw myself on his mercy.

Caleb has four-wheel-drive, broad shoulders and a big shovel. He also has a can-do attitude that helped get him the editing position in the first place and is a good hand in a crisis. He said he’d be there as soon as he could, so I turned my car’s heat up and waited. After a few minutes, I got bored and thought maybe-just-maybe … what? That the snow had suddenly shifted around and it would be smooth sailing to my driveway now? That I had been mistaken and the car wasn’t REALLY stuck and even if it was, if I only turned the wheel this way and held my mouth that way, everything would be copacetic and I’d be on my way?

Like this vehicle, my car was completely stuck, and I was only two blocks from home! 


But no-o-o-o-o. This was not the case. I was actually quite stuck. However, by rocking and gunning it and rocking and gunning it, I managed to move myself down the block about another 300 yards while waiting for Caleb to ride over the hill on his charger. This put me in front of my neighbor Adam’s house and when Adam heard me, he came out with his shovel and started the snowy equivalent of earth-moving to try to move some of the avalanche from in front of my car.

K.C. Compton
2/6/2011 9:26:31 AM

Feeling good in our hearts -- that's what it's all about, isn't it? Thanks for all these great comments. There's so much in the news right now that makes me doubt humanity's ability to create a peaceful, workable world. These stories help restore some degree of that faith. I just wish the good guys and gals -- all over the globe -- could overpower the baddies who seem to live only to control and dominate other human beings and grab for all the toys. But .. for this morning, I'm contemplating multiple kindnesses and also pies. --kc

Misty Dawn Seidel
2/5/2011 9:28:19 AM

@Nebraska Dave - I truly enjoyed reading your story this morning. Thank you for sharing that and thank you for being one of those real life superheroes!

Nebraska Dave
2/4/2011 8:14:26 PM

@K.C. we guys love to rescue damsels in distress. I'm not sure at what age it starts but it's even instilled in my six year old grandson. Before the February storm one night at rush hour time the phone rang and the voice of my cousin Julie was on the phone. She knows that I help with just about anything folks need help with and told me that she had a flat on the Interstate and if I could come and help. Well, my grandson loves super heroes, so when I told him we had to go on a rescue mission to change a tire for cousin Julie he looked at me and said, "Rescue? Whoa, I never done that before." We accomplished the mission and on the way home we talked about how real life heros don't wear masks, nor do they have a cape, nor do they have super powers but just help people when they need help. After some thought about what we had done he said, "Grandpa, I feel good in my heart." So there you have it from a child's point of view. We guys do what we do because it makes us feel good in our heart. Have a great rescue day.

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