Rochester residents rush to help
I recently fell while getting off a city bus outside Silver Lake Shopping Center down an incline and landed on my arm and face. My glasses were scratched and flattened, and I had an abrasion on my upper cheek.
A young man got off the bus immediately and stayed with me until the bus driver came to see if I was OK. A female passenger said she'd walk me to the shopping center, and Hunt Drug employees got me an ice pack and helped me choose some pain medication.
Later, after going to a dentist appointment, I walked to the bus company headquarters to report the accident. Afterward, I was going to walk downtown — not a smart move. I wandered among the buses, turned a corner and asked a driver, "Which way to downtown?"
He had stood next to me in the office when I told my story and must have been concerned that I was a bit disoriented, so he gave me a ride downtown in his bus, but wouldn't accept any money. Then I realized this wasn't his route — it was just another act of kindness, Rochester-style.
Worse things could happen — like getting hit by a bus — but if I had to fall, thank God it was in Rochester, a city with Minnesota-nice people. Thanks to those who interrupted their busy day to lend a helping hand.