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3 thoughts on “That Moment of Hesitation of Stopping to ask if Someone Needs Help”

  1. I would never pick up a hitch hiker this day in age, either. Frankly, I haven’t seen one in many, MANY years, though. It’s hard to know when it’s safe to stop and offer help. I am as paranoid about helping strangers as you – especially if the kids are with me, but it’s such a nice feeling to know you’ve made a difference.

  2. There have been a lot of stories recently about incidents if people stop to check on others. We have become an overly cautious society, which is a double edged sword. But your heart told you to stop and for your kids, it was a teaching moment.

  3. I’m torn. It depends on the situation. When I get that feeling that I should help someone, I often times do not out of fear of safety. Sad, I know, but true. I have the kids w/me almost always, but even if I don’t, I worry that something could happen to me and they won’t have a mom.

    My oldest two boys (24 and 19) help, and they make me proud. This summer we were at the lake and a boat was stuck coming in. There were a bazillion people around and my son was waaaay on the other side, not close (but we could see what was going on) and he went and helped. Proud mommy moment. I don’t understand why ANYONE wouldn’t help in a situation like that ( I would have if I’d have been right there), but not one person was lifting a finger. Crazy thing, that…

    Kudos to your aunt for lending a hand.

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