Sunday, July 8, 2012

Hats off to the man with the helping hat!

It's not often that folks today are aware of their surroundings, aware enough to lend a neighbor a helping hand, or in this case, a helping hat.  It was 6:30 AM, already 85 degrees, hot and humid at the YMCA track in Newton Corner, Massachusetts.   There were folks walking or running around the track, but no matter which way they ran,  the sun was shining directly into their eyes, that is, if they had not thought to wear sunglasses or a cap with a bill.  The more seasoned runners had, of course, protected their eyes, but not Marash Girl.  As Marash Girl never had had to walk east in the summer -- to wit, she had always walked or run north and south along the ridge of the mountain, along Ridge Road in Wilbraham, that is, until the June 1, 2011, tornado permanently ended those summer runs.  So for the first time in her life, at 6:30 AM on a July morning, Marash Girl was walking/running east and west in Newton Corner, far from a mountain top, parallel to the Mass. Turnpike, and, as mentioned above, right into the sun.  But there is still chivalry in this world.  A chap running around the track, noticing her plight, offered Marash Girl his baseball cap, perfect for shading the eyes from that morning sun -- he had sunglasses, he said, to protect his eyes (and he did).  Hesitating, Marash Girl accepted his chivalry and his hat, and herewith would like to give a shout out to him --  Hats off to that man with the helping hat!


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