Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to share a quick story of gratitude tonight. I had dinner at a friends house in Mt. Pleasant tonight, and when I got in my car to leave, I realized I had a very flat tire. My friend and I were deciding whether I should just leave it or if I could make it home safely to Petworth and deal with it tomorrow. I opted for the latter, but drove only a half a block when it became obvious that I could not drive with this tire. I pulled over on Monroe, on the East side of 16th, and a man named Ralph stopped to ask if I needed help. He pulled over and he began to help put on my spare, but it was rough getting the tire off. Two other guys, Pedro and Juan, came upon the scene,

and they got the bad tire off and put the spare on. I got home safely. I realize it’s not an over-the-top amazing story, but it was a really positive experience, considering these times. They had no reason to stop and help, but they did. I didn’t have much to show my appreciation, and they didn’t want anything. Just a pure, neighborly thing to do. I am very thankful for them.

I want to recognize them for their help. Damn, that tire was hard to get off!!! I could never have done it myself. Recognition of Ralph, Pedro, and Juan.”


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