Heart Double-parked

I’m crossing Park Avenue, an elderly man on a walker is approaching the opposite way, losing his balance, falling on the esplanade.  In his 80s, extremely tall…imagine Gulliver taking a spill.

I run over, along with a young man holding what smells like a hot lunch, and since he seems more shaken than hurt, we attempt to get him up.

But his long legs just won’t straighten.

Suddenly, a middle-aged man with Cesar Romero hair, is between us on his knees saying in broken English, “Don’t’a  worry, I will take yua home…no charge.”

I look up to see a taxi, double-parked, causing a tiny traffic jam no one is complaining about watching, why this is so.

He, along with the young man who hands me his lunch, bring the man finally to his feet.

“I’m fine,” he says, all 6’3 of him, towering over all of us like an aging athlete.

He pats my arm, smiles at the young man, then allows the cabbie to escort him.

We watch as he gingerly gets in the front seat, not the back, like two good friends, going for a drive.



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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24 Responses to Heart Double-parked

  1. Rubenstein, Hal says:



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  2. Gail Kaufman says:

    After that, did you eat the young man’s lunch? I noticed you never mentioned handing it back to him 🙂


  3. You have the most heart-warming stories!

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  4. micklively says:

    A beautiful tale Susannah, thank you.
    The world is a strange place indeed. Such spontaneous acts of kindness are out there.

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  5. Awww…heart warming. We need these stories.

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  6. It’s always nice to hear stories like this and realize that people are still mostly good at heart. Thank you.

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  7. skinnyuz2b says:

    I agree with Kate, Susannah. These are the stories that should be on the front page. Instead they are relegated as human interest, also known as filler.

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  8. Aside from this being a declaration that humanity is still alive and kicking, I am amazed to see a person of this age who still stands so tall. Is it good bones or was he originally 7 feet tall?

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