See the color of the shells...that was my inspiration for my new wall color.
Now on to helping a stranger...Yesterday I stopped in at the thrift store on my lunch hour. As I walked around the corner to the next aisle I saw out of the corner of my eye a woman who didn't quite seem right. She was holding on to her cart with one hand and on to the display shelf with the other hand and her head was down. Just as I was about to ask if she was okay, she called me over to her. I asked her if she felt faint and she said yes. OH MY GOSH...there was no place for her to sit down and she was a large woman and I know I wouldn't be able to hold her up if she passed out. My mind was racing...What should I do??? I ran as fast as I could (in high heels) to the front and yelled that I needed help. As I ran back to her I passed a large chair and I grabbed the big cushion off it. (I'm shocked that I even was able to think clearly enough to do that) I was relieved that when I got back to her she was still standing! I put the cushion on top of the shopping cart and told her to lay down on it. Her feet were on the floor but the top of her body was laid across the cart. I stood at the back end of the shopping cart and held her hands tightly so if she fainted she wouldn't fall. She was very clammy. I asked her if she was a diabetic, if she had eaten anything, all the while telling her she was going to be okay. What the heck was taking those people at the front so long to get back there? No one else was helping me and I didn't know what to do!!!!! She kept thanking me even though she could barely talk. She said she may just be having a panic attack...I've had those before and it's very scary to go through! I was trying to slowly lead her, as she was laid over the shopping cart, to a chair. Finally the manager showed up and the lady asked that they call 911 for her. They brought a chair to her but they never did call 911, I'm not sure why. After a few minutes she started feeling better. I went through a time in my life when I fainted easily so I know that it's important to get your head down below your heart and you can usually stop yourself from fainting so I think having her lay on the shopping cart helped. Once she was feeling better she thanked me over and over again for helping her. She even gave me a big hug before I left. She was there with her Aunt who was shopping in a different part of the store when all this happened so luckily I didn't have to leave her alone. The reason I'm sharing this is because we all need to help others in need even if they are strangers. Twice in my life I've been in this woman's position and no one helped me. They just stared at me like I was on drugs or something. Once I was like her, feeling faint and another time I slipped on a wet floor in a store and fell so hard that I couldn't stand up for a few minutes. Both times people looked at me and walked by, not even asking if I was okay!!! I think people hope that someone else will help so they don't have to get involved! We need to get involved! We need to help each other! Put yourself in their place. After I was in those situations I told myself that I would help a stranger in need and I have quite a few times now. Now I need to go sign up for a first aid class so I can do more than hold their hands and tell them everything is going to be okay!!!