1. How do you understand the saying： “What goes around comes around”?
2. Do you believe that by helping someone, you will also get help someday in the future?
A Chain of Love
One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road. Even in the dim
light of day, he could see that she needed help. So he pulled up and got out of his car.
Even seeing the smile on the man’s face, the old lady was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn’t look safe. The man could see that she was frightened
, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was those chills which only fear can put in a person. So he said, “I’m here to help you, ma’am. Why don’t you wait in the car where it’s warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson.”
Well, all she had was a flat tire
, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled
under the car looking for a place to put the jack (千斤顶), skinning (蹭破皮) his knuckles
a time or two. He was able to change the tire soon, but his clothes got dirty and his hands were hurt.
As he was tightening
up the lug
nuts (螺母), she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn’t thank him enough for coming to her aid.
Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. But Bryan never thought twice about being paid, because this was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and there were plenty of people who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.
He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance
they needed, and Bryan added, “and think of me.”
He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing
day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight
A few miles down the road the lady saw a small café. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill
off. It was a shabby
restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair, with a sweet smile on her face. The old lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight-month pregnant
, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan.
After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a $100 bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her, but the old lady was gone by the time she came back. The waitress wondered where the lady had gone, when she noticed something written on the napkin.
There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: “You don’t owe
me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you.” Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.
Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard...
She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered
soft and low, "Everything’s going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson."
There is an old saying "What goes around comes around."
Answer the questions with NO MORE THAN 15 WORDS each.
1. How did the old lady feel when the man first approached her?
2. Why did the man decline to be paid?
3. How did the old lady know that the waitress might need help?
Can you think of any story about the “chain of love” in your life?
what's the relationship of the waitress and the Anderson?