It was Christmas, and we were driving to our vacation destination. Our route passed through a mountain range where sometimes it snowed heavily. As a precautionary measure, we were carrying snow chains for our SUV tyres.
As we reached a higher altitude, the snow and ice condition kept getting worse and finally we saw flashing signs saying ‘Snow Chains Required’. By now, we were passing through a forest and miles away from any town.
My husband pulled over, and like the other cars parked in front of us trying to put on their snow chains, we did too. We soon realised that in spite of our best efforts it wouldn’t fit properly. Tired, cold and wet we asked people in the other cars for help, but they were in a similar situation.
Sometime later a mechanic truck pulled over, and after helping the cars ahead of us, he approached us. We were more than happy to pay the $20 he was charging for fitting the snow chains.However, that happiness vanished the moment we opened our wallets and realised that we forgot to keep the cash. Our cards were of no use in this remote place. Rummaging through our SUV, we collected a measly sum of $3. We told the person that we would not be able to pay him, thanked him for patiently waiting and asked him to go ahead to the next vehicle.
He waited for a moment, looked at our kids in the back seat and asked us to give him the snow chains. He fitted them in no time and explained the process patiently in case we might need it later. He said he could not let us drive in that weather without properly fitted chains. Then he collected his $ 3, wished us a Merry Christmas and slowly faded into now heavily falling snow.
Angels come in different forms.