Just in Time
by Dan Clark
One night at 11:30, an older African-American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her - which was generally unheard of in the deep South during those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxi cab. She seemed to be in a big hurry! She wrote down his address, thanked him and then rode away.
Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his great surprise, a giant combination console color TV and stereo record player were delivered to his home. A special note was attached. And the note read:
Dear Mr. James:
Thank you for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain had drenched not only my clothes but my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bed side just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and for unselfishly serving others.
Mrs. Nat King Cole