As a Davis resident for 19 years, I take the camaraderie in this town for granted. I take for granted the easy nod and smile, through forays in Farmers Market and through walks in the greenbelts.
But behind this is a kindness that was brought home to me vividly last evening when I tripped and fell head-first on a concrete sidewalk in front of Davis Swim and Fitness in South Davis. Through my shock, dizziness and excruciating momentary pain, I felt strong hands straighten me and hold me firmly, strangers placing an ice pack to my bleeding forehead, making me sip water, talking gently among each other and thereby calming me immensely, and waiting with me while my husband rushed to get the car and take me to the emergency room.
To Mary S., Rachel J., Farrah G. and Mary J., who helped me, a complete stranger, with such deep kindness, I cannot thank you enough. But I can always use you as role models for how to help another in need.
Thank you so much.