Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

The other day I found myself sitting at a red light, the second car in line. The area is under construction because light rail is going down the middle of University Avenue. There are still two lanes in each direction but they aren’t straight anymore. The power company is installing new gas lines at the same time. It requires more than the normal autopilot driving to avoid the orange construction cones and stay in your lane as it weaves from block to block. Due to all the construction some unplanned speed bumps have emerged. The road is really rough.

When the light turned green, the passenger in the car ahead of me suddenly jumped out, leaving his door open. He runs around the front of the car and disappears in front of a big truck in the left lane. The truck is also stopped at the green light.

Just as I am starting to get impatient, the young man who was the passenger emerges from in front of the truck escorting a blind woman with a cane. He walks her to the bus shelter on the corner with great care and runs back to his car and jumps in. The traffic resumes.

It made my day to know that even on a busy street or especially on a busy street this young man would see a woman in need of help and do the right thing. My impatience melted into a big smile. I felt so much better about my fellow human beings after watching him. Thank you, whoever you are!

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