Friday, September 16, 2016

Another Bob

As I waited at a stoplight, I saw a man in his eighties walking down the sidewalk. He seemed to be struggling in the heat. He turned and sat down hard on the edge of a planter. I pulled over and rolled down the window.

"Hi! Are you doing okay?"

"Not really. My car broke down back by the school. I'm so hot and sweating so much, I don't think I'm going to make it home."

"Can I give you a ride?" He eased into the passenger seat and turned his ear with the hearing aid towards me.

"Thanks, I don't live far. My name's Bob."

"I'm Lisa. My son's name is Bob."

"He must be a good kid."

"He is." In our short drive, I learned that Bob's son lives on our old street, and works at Trader Joe's. Bob graduated from high school where my Bob will attend. I learned about the history of the school's district's zoning and that all of Bob's neighbors on his cul-de-sac are selling their houses "for a bundle" and moving into retirement homes.  I dropped Bob off in front of the house he's lived in for thirty-eight-years.

"Nice to meet you, Bob. Be sure and drink a lot of water when you get in."

"Oh, I will. And I think I'll add a little scotch to it."


  1. BEAUTIFUL! ALL Bob's are awesome! I was out running on a desolate country road when it began to pour rain then hail! I was still 4 miles from home when a car pulled up beside me and offered me a ride. An elderly gentleman, (Bob), and his wife were so kind to drive me home. I will never forget that.

  2. How wonderful! You are such an angel!
    Bobs rule.

  3. Your kind, easy generosity is so wonderfully inspiring!

  4. Talk about someone who's living her life in grace.
    You are a marvelous human.

  5. My cousin, who's about ten hours younger than I, my uncle, and my grandfather are Bob (well Unc and Grandpa were)