Thanks to those who have helped me
We hear a lot about how people can’t get along and less about the things people do to help one another, so I wanted to thank everyone who has offered to lend a hand to me over the past couple of years. For years I have participated in weekend road races and other events like the Palm Sunday Walk and End to End and my husband cannot always join me.
In 2011 I had my first child and was able to continue participating in these events because of the support of other participants, assisting with the stroller on the Railway Trail where there are steps or very uneven ground, keeping an eye on the kids so I could use the rest room, that sort of thing.
This year I have a second child so my hands are even more full but I have still not had to miss any of the events I wanted to attend. For example, the Palm Sunday Walk always covers uneven ground and this year was no exception — not suitable for strollers — so I was carrying the baby.
A lovely gentleman whom I didn’t know stayed close to me through most of the walk and assisted me wherever I might lose my footing so that I didn’t slip. Other people around me pointed out tree roots and rocks that I might have not seen so that I didn’t trip.
As a result, I got to participate in this fantastic event which I would otherwise have had to miss. This Sunday I took part in the 11th Annual Eye Institute Walk in St George’s with my toddler in the stroller and carrying the baby.
The hills were long and painful and several other walkers slowed down and offered to help with the stroller as I was struggling. There is no distinction based on race, gender, nationality or anything else, people just want to help.
Not only does this mean that I can continue to do the things that I enjoy and get my kids started on a healthy lifestyle, but it sets a good example to my kids. I hope that when they are older they also offer to assist people who may need a hand.
So thank you to everyone who steps up and offers to assist someone who may be struggling, you are an inspiration.
Mummy of Two
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