She Spots Woman Lugging 2 Beaten Suitcases On Road, Her Heart Breaks Upon Learning Truth
Marilyn Caylor 9/19/2017
In the busy streets of a large metropolitan city, it's pretty hard to stand out in a crowd. People from all walks of life trump up and down its corridors, too rushed to take notice of the little things that really deserve to get noticed. But, sometimes, it's hard to ignore something your gut is telling you to pay attention to.
Heather Jones Hartmann was three minutes from work when a woman on the opposite side of the road caught her eye. At first she ignored what the other woman was doing, since it was really none of her business, but something told Heather that what was happening just wasn't right.
In Heather's world, that particular day was just like any other day - full of stress and all the "problems" that she thought were larger than life. She summed it up on her Facebook page:
"I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason. Today I was driving to work and feeling sorry for myself and my imperfect life. And then I passed this woman - Janice."
She noticed the woman walking on the opposite side of the road and kept driving, then realized as she passed the second turn that she had to turn around. It was obvious the woman was having a very rough time.
Heather knew she had to do something for the poor lady, who looked haggard and tired from her journey. Since the woman was lugging a couple of heavily tattered suitcases, one had to wonder - where exactly did her journey start from?
She wrote on Facebook:
"She was...dragging two ripped up suitcases that were almost as big as her and clearly heavy. She had been on the road for 4 days. She had left NY after losing her job as a packer for a cosmetic company and was on her way to Baltimore where her Auntie was going to get her a job as a cleaning lady."
Heather found out the woman's name was Janice, and she had spent the previous night at the Christiana Hospital for congestive heart failure because she had run out of her medication. Even with her current medication condition, Janice wasn't throwing a pity party for herself, and knew that she had to keep moving forward, in order to move on with her life.
Facebook/Heather Jones Hartmann
Heather kindly offered Janice a lift to Elkton Library, where the woman was going to meet a friend who could get her closer to Baltimore. Before letting her new friend ride off into the sunset, Heather gave Janice a huge bear hug! She then reached into her purse and gave Janice every last dollar in her wallet, which was about $32.
"She smiled the entire trip and thanked me profusely. She never asked for anything. She wasn't thumbing for a ride. She wasn't feeling sorry for herself or for her situation in life. It was a huge reminder to be grateful for what I have because things could always be worse!"
Even in what most of us would consider the worst of times, Janice's experience is a great teaching tool, reminding us to have gratitude for the things we do have - friends, family, and even the helping hand of kind strangers! Heather wants everyone to know that spreading posts about love are are a good start, but it's so much more rewarding if you start practicing what you preach.