Thursday, March 10, 2011

5 Reasons I Picked Up A Hitchhiker Today And Why I Should Not Have

First of all I can't believe I did it.  But I picked up a hitchhiker today. Why?

1.  It was cold and pouring rain. 
2.  He was getting drenched.
3.  He was a student. 
4.  He was young. 
5.  He was alone.  Hence no gang rape was going to occur.
6.  I was stupid.

In a flash I told myself these things...and then I stopped and unlocked the door.  None of my reasons are good ones.  My husband would have a fit.  My children would be shocked.  I"m not telling them.  They don't read this.

How did I know he was a student?  I didn't.  But he was and he was trying to get to school.
How did I know he was a safe bet?  I didn't.  But he was.
How did I know he wasn't going to kill me and leave me on he side of the road?  I didn't.  But he didn't.

I was driving to art class.  Lest you think I am super privileged and beyond the mundane diaper changing and vacuuming, let me assure you I have done that.  Loved it all, actually...and worked, too, for 30 years.  Art class is my life long dream.  Yet, I am fortunate, and I was warm and dry inside my car.  And he was flagging me down, wet and cold, and young.  I stopped.  He got in.  Black/white.  Male/female.  Young/old.

He was trying to get to school 3 miles away.  He was late. As a retired teacher I already know he has a story.  He overslept, which means he probably gets himself off to school...and has missed the bus by a couple hours.  We had 4 minutes to talk.  He was behind a grade... a Junior who should be a Senior.  He wishes he had a car.  He lives 5 miles away.  He wants to go to Savannah State College and become an Entrepeneur.  I tell him directly that he must obtain a marketable skill before he goes out into the big, obviously, he can get a car.  :)    He thanks me for the ride and tells me to be safe. I tell him to be good.  I hate that he is missing half his math class.  I taught math and I know that's not a good thing.

I am late to Art.  Doesn't matter.  I started to take a few minutes and drive around looking for other wet kids walking to school.  Thought better of  it.  Didn't see anymore anyway.  It was totally pouring.  Nobody in their right mind was outside.

I've never read The Gift Of Fear, but I know it tells us to listen to that small voice inside...and when it senses fear, pay attention to it.  Even though I heard my own thoughts, I didn't hear that voice whispering.  I wouldn't have stopped if I had.

Will I ever pick up another hitchhiker? My children better not.  My husband better not.   Last week I would have said, "Heck no! Are you out of your mind!"  But I am so glad I did.


  1. I'm glad nothing bad happened! When I lived in Austria we were told to accept rides from people in our tiny village- I guess all of them are seriously trusted by the college staff.

  2. I am very glad nothing happened!! I would be scared to death to do it!

  3. Oh no! I'm SO sorry about the video not being on my site- for some reason the video link decided to disappear! Thank you SO much for letting me know!! I've been dealing w/my kiddos bad asthma today and it's been a LONG day!! Here's the link to the video posted!! Enjoy!

  4. That is so scary. Don't do that again! That said, I'm glad it turned out well, and that you got to positively touch that kids day.

  5. Thanks guys. I really won't do it again. I realize it is way too much risk to take.

  6. Wow, you were lucky. I'm sure most of the time nothing would happen, but there is always that risk. I'm sure you made his day hopefully he won't forget a kind stranger's advice on a wet rainy day.

  7. Now, don't ever do that again!
    Glad you're o'kay!
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  8. Oh my goodness, Sandra, reading about this was scary in itself but I'm so glad you're safe. My ex did this one time and the guy sat behind us which meant that he could've easily killed us, too, but nothing happened. We even gave him money after dropping him off at the bus station. I can only hope that you left a positive imprint on that young man's life and that he's going to be a success and remember the wonderful thing that you did for him! Please never pick up another hitchhiker. :) Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I'm now following you, too. Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. I'm so glad it worked out for you. Yes, I believe in listening to your "gut." It's too bad we are now scared to do a kind deed. My mom used to pick up hitchhikers. But, I never forget my high school graduation when one of my classmate's Aunt and Uncle were murdered by a hitchhiker they picked up on the way to graduation. It's just not safe (that was 27 years ago!)

  10. Thanks Girls...I doubt I will do it again. Honestly I don't think it made an impression on him at all. He did say thank you. He was very glad to get out of the rain!

  11. Oohh. That's scary. I'm glad it turned out well.

  12. I love this. I love that you did this. I think it was a ridiculously crazy thing to do and it is exactly how I live my life. I listen to that still, small voice and act when I hear. Even when it's crazy.

    I am so with you. I hate when my husband and children do the same. Yet, I can't help but smile when they listen to that same voice and act.


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