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Monday, September 04, 2006

A room for the night and a coat

Once a friend and I were coming back from night class and saw a young girl walking on the side of a dark highway. We asked if she wanted a lift and she said yes. She said she was running away from home.

She was about 16 years old. I was only about 25 myself and the other lady I was with was in her forties. She was a single mom, struggling to make ends meet, I was a young single woman and here we had this young girl and weren't quite sure what to do.

She was distressed and cold because she only had on light clothing and it was in the fall. It was evident that she needed some time alone to sort things out.

I didn't want to take her back to my home in the interest of my own safety and not knowing the particulars of her situation.

I gave my coat to her and I took her to the local motel and paid for a room for the night.

My friend was my strength and guide on what we could do, she had no means to be able to pay for the motel, but I did, and so it was a joint effort that we got her set up for the night.

We both worked for the same company and the next morning we discussed going to see her at the motel. We went at lunch and she was gone.

I often wonder what happened to that young girl and to my friend who helped as well. It was when I lived in another town and we have since lost touch, but I think of her from time to time. Her name was Rosemary.

Thanks to Angela at Bein' Berean for stirring up the memory.

I don't usually play Monday Memories and not sure if I want to join the blogroll to commit to another Meme, but who knows. I'll play alongside whenever I can.


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Lisa said...

What an interesting story. I do wonder what happened to her. Perhaps you saved her life by your act of kindness.

Norma said...

Perhaps she'd had a fight with her parents, and after sorting things out, she went home. Thanks you for your kindness. You made the world a better place for all of us.

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. That was very nice of you. I always try to stop by and say hi. Please come back again. what a great story. I also wonder what happened to her. But I am sure you did a kindess for her.

Irish Church Lady :) said...

Thanks so much for your comments gals! I do think it was the Lord working through Rosemary to me which makes me feel wonderful. :)


That was a great deed. Young girls just don't know what the consequences when they ran away from home.
Thanks for dropping by.

Ma said...

You and your friend did a good deed. I hope the girl came to her senses and went home, or seeked help from someone who could deal with whatever situation this child was in.

Thank you for stopping by my MM and for sharing this story.

The Shrone said...

I'd like to think when you least expect to know what happened, you'll somehow find out. Even if you don't, at least for that one moment you know the right thing was done for the girl. Thanks for visting my MM today!

Reverberate58 said...

ICL nice of you to play! If you want to play again please join right in! No pressure! I will only add you to the blogroll when you are ready!

This is a very interesting memory! It would be nice to put an ending to the beginning wouldn't it? Maybe both are out there and will read this and say Hi to you! Thanks for sharing this story with us!

Thanks for stopping by yesterday and I hope to see you again next Monday!