Last Friday couldn’t have been worse, yet better at the same time.
I was waking up to such a spirit that I would attend The SabangMerauke Diversity Dinner in Friday night – been longing to meet SM’s Big Family after months since our farewell dinner. My spirit was not up for too long because just after I arrived at the Office, my schedule was crushed due to a sudden meeting and a client emergency.
Failed to attend the dinner and feeling so miserable scrolling through great photos of that event, I drove home around 8 pm to at least meet my son before he went to bed. The traffic was a disaster and my feeling flunked to the bottom. In line with my bad mood, my car was also begin to show its temper: it had an engine failure in a dark crowded-but-quiet street. Luckily (yes, we Indonesian could always find the positive thing in every desperate situation), I was in the left lane so I didn’t cause a scene or heavier traffic.
Used to be in such situation, I panicked but pretend to be calm (although no one was looking at that time to judge). I called my husband and being told to check the engine so I again pretending to be brave and went out of the car to check the engine, even when I honestly don’t have any idea what my husband was instructing. I focused analyzing with perfect failure when I realized two men were approaching me. Shocked – I couldn’t understand what they were saying to me until they repeated it for (maybe) the fifth time.
Stranger : ‘Is your car having an engine failure?’
Me : ‘huh? oh.. yeah..’
Stranger : ‘Can we check the engine?’
Me : ‘huh? check the engine?’
Stranger : ‘yeah, so that we can find the problem?’
Me : ‘huh? oh yeah..yeah.. the engine.. yes, please.’
Stranger : ‘have you call your mechanic yet?’
Me : ‘no..no.. I haven’t. Let’s take a look…..
…and they looked at my car while I was doing what they instructed me to.
Long story short, they couldn’t find the real problem but they found a way to make the engine work so I could drive back home and didn’t left alone in that dark road.
I got home safe and sound that night, thanks to them.
So, to summarize the story? I’ve had a bad day but also a great day at the same time. I was quiet frightened when they approached me, but they turned out to be very kind and caring gentlemen. May God blesses them and showers them with health and wealth.
Because of those strangers, my faith in humanity