Of Course I’ll Help You

A woman on a walker is wedged between two parked cars.  How she got there is a mystery. I’m late for the dentist and scurry on by, but when I get to the corner, turn, and see she’s still there.

I think, fuck my bi/annual check-up, that could be me in a few years, and go back.

She’s pretty, in her 70s at least, with white hair like my Polish grandmother had, wreathed in a bluish tint enhanced by the sun.  I notice pearls in her ears and a wedding band that looks soldered on her weathered hand.

I have the passing thought, if only jewels could talk, before asking if she needs help.

She gives me the deer in the headlights look I know only too well and says, “I need to cross the street, but I’m afraid.  Will you help me?”

“Of course I’ll help you.”  Yeah, go ahead, blow your nose since it will compliment the lump in my throat the size of Cleveland.

I offer her my arm which she takes, and we slowly, and I mean slowly, mosey across.

A cab has to wait, so I’m expecting a tirade to break out, but instead, this middle-aged man in a paisley turban called from the window, “Need help?”

Yes, that lump just got a little bigger.

When I bid farewell to my new lady friend, I see I have a voicemail.

Hello, this is Mary from Madison Dental Group, you have an appointment, and we’re waiting for you.


sit on it Mary.


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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16 Responses to Of Course I’ll Help You

  1. micklively says:

    A King Kong sized pat on the back Susannah. Hope your teeth didn’t suffer, as a result.

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  2. Coyote from Orion says:

    In 24 years of medical professionals carrying on about the possibility of a missed appointment etc… the only ones to have ever been late or not shown up was them. One particular specialist filthied up when I pointed out the size of the sign in his waiting room regarding this matter and I got abrasive hostility when I suggested reimbursement for what his tardiness had cost me over a decade. I marvel at how the semester timetable must be at medical school. Do they just walk in and out of lectures as they please?

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  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, that’s the way to start off the New Year. When I go grocery shopping I’m often asked to grab things off the top shelf; I bet you get that a lot too.
    The old saying that a good deed is its own reward is really true. You get a warm, fuzzy feeling all day.

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  4. nikkispeaks says:

    I once a help a older woman cross a street. She put her hand in my arm mine, but I notice she kept looking in my bag (it was unzipped tote) which was that very same hand.. I figured what she was up to, doesn’t mean I wouldn’t help the next person that asked.

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  5. Humanity at its best living large in my favorite city!


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