After a tire blew out, along came a nurse …

I’d always wondered what a blowout would feel like. It took 81 years to find out. It was not what I expected: The steering wheel didn’t go awry. It managed quite well.

On my way from Tega Cay to Covenant Village, I rolled into Tee Time on New Hope Road at the edge of Gastonia. I was scheduled to meet two old friends there. Now, I was going to be late.

Quickly, I discovered my cell phone didn’t work. I couldn’t find my AAA card, and no one paused at my waves, pleas (“Help! Help!”) – even when I waved my cane, hoping to find some kind soul at the Christmas season.

There’s nothing like advertising one’s vulnerability. Who knows who will answer?

But very soon, along came a young lady, Teresa Remmer, a nurse who lives in Lake Wylie but was on her way to help out at work in Gastonia. She cheerfully called AAA. They found our family record and sent a tow truck because our Ford Fusion hybrid doesn’t carry a spare. (You’re supposed to be able to pump up the tire and keep going.)

Ms. Remmer let me call my friend from her phone and then took me to Covenant Village. She is indeed an angel. One of the problems in this day and age is that, if someone has only a cell phone, you can’t look up their number to call them and say thanks. So, thank you, Teresa Remmer.

Mary Ann Thomas

Tega Cay, S.C.

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Roland Wilkerson