Good morning campbellsworld visitors.
This morning we continue WordPress Wednesday with a wonderfully thought provoking tale from author Jo E. Pinto.
As I read this, I just had to wonder what makes people the way they are. It’s evident from the way Jo describes the grumpy man in this story that he wasn’t just having a bad day, but is most likely always the way she found him to be, and likewise for the helpful woman she encountered.
So, what do you think? Are people as they are because of their upbringing, experiences later in life, both?
I’d be interested to know your thoughts.
I hope you’ll share them in the comments section.
The Grumpy Man and the Helpful Woman
by J. E. Pinto
I had a great adventure yesterday. I rode the bus downtown and met a couple of new friends for lunch and some fun travels. But what struck me enough to write about is something that happened as I was leaving for home.
I had gotten separated from the women I was traveling with, both of whom also had guide dogs. I was starting to feel helpless and frustrated. Okay, beyond helpless and frustrated, a little desperate. I had lost my bearings in an unfamiliar environment, and I had a bus to catch.
I stopped a gentleman–I use the term loosely–on a street corner. The three of us with our dogs had encountered him a few minutes earlier and agreed that he was horribly rude and sarcastic.
“Excuse me, sir,” I said politely. “I have a question for you.”
“Have a nice day,” he answered gruffly. “God bless, and all that.”
“OH, that answer again,” I thought to myself. “It wasn’t funny the first time. It didn’t get better with age.”
“Thanks,” I said out loud, doing my best to be cheerful. “But I still have an important question to ask you.”
“Yes, no, maybe.”
Ordinarily I would have let him pass and found someone more willing to help me, but I was in immediate need of assistance. I placed my body and my guide dog squarely in front of the grouchy man on the sidewalk so he would have to make a concerted effort to get around me.
“Whoever taught you to be rude and grumpy did a bang-up job.” I offered him my best smile. “But right now, I need to know what street this is.”
“Nineteenth and Stout.”
“Thanks. How do I get to Eighteenth and California from here?”
“One block up and one block over.”
“Good. By up and over, what do you mean? Can you give me that in the form of directions I can tell my dog? Like rights and lefts?”
The man thought for a moment. “One block straight and one left. I think.”
“Thanks. And do you see any other blind women with dogs around here?”
“Yeah. There’s one at the end of this block. Hey, that’s a lot more than one question already! Okay?”
By this time, a woman had appeared on the scene.
“Do you want me to go get the girl with the dog for you?” she asked sweetly.
I felt my face light up, and she was off in a nanosecond. So was Mr. Sarcastic. I couldn’t help comparing the difference in their outlooks as my friend approached and our dogs greeted each other. I missed the 4:30 bus but caught the 5:05 for the slow chug up the highway to Brighton. All the way home, I kept thinking about the grumpy man and the helpful woman. I wish blessings on both of them, but somehow I think the woman will notice the blessings and take them in more easily.
About J. E. Pinto
J. E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame
for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.
Pinto’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works
as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.
The Bright Side of Darkness won a first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational
Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place
for “Audio Book,” and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.”
What is a family? Rick Myers is a despondent seventeen-year-old who just lost his parents in a car wreck. His family is now the four teenage buddies he’s
grown up with in a run-down apartment building. Fast with their fists, flip with their mouths, and loyal to a fault, “the crew” is all he has.
At least he thinks so until he meets Daisy, an intelligent, independent, self-assured blind girl. Her guts in a world where she’s often painfully vulnerable
intrigue Rick, and her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself.
But when the dark side of Daisy’s past catches up with her, tragedy scatters the crew and severely tests Rick’s resolve to build his promising future.
Fortunately, his life is changed by a couple with a pay-it-forward attitude, forged out of their personal struggle with grief and loss. Their support makes
all the difference to Rick and eventually to the ones he holds most dear as they face their own challenges.
“The Bright Side of Darkness” is a story of redemption and the ultimate victory that comes from the determination of the human spirit.
For more details and to buy the book please visit: http://www.amazon.com/author/jepinto