Seeing as it’s Christmas week, I wanted to share with you a tale of generosity and joy the like of which is rarely heard about amidst the usual trouble and strife going on in the world.
It was a damp Saturday afternoon, and my ex-husband and I decided to take his dog (my ex-dog), who I was looking after for the weekend, for a walk at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
There was no phone signal, so we were totally cut off and we spent quite a lot of energy trying not to think about the Blair Witch
We were having a high old time, wandering about the park, climbing up hills and getting thoroughly muddy, jumping in water-filled ditches (the hound) and generally not worrying about having to get back for a supermarket pick-up (mine) or to work (my ex-husband) later that evening.
Until we got a little bit lost.
We have a bunch of Duke of Edinburgh Awards between us and I spent a lot of my teenage years running around QE park as a member of the Guides and Scouts, so I should really have known where I was going.
But you can’t read a map when you don’t have one and it becomes tricky to spot trail signs when it gets dark. And it gets VERY dark up at the QE park.
There was no phone signal, so we were totally cut off and we spent quite a lot of energy trying not to think about the Blair Witch.
But this is Britain; civilisation is never far away. We hit a road and thought we knew where it was going to come out, so we walked…and we walked…and we walked.
Finally we could see lights! We rushed as fast as our aching legs could carry us to the door of a big house, planning on asking for directions or for at least a phone call.
But we’d arrived at what later turned out to be the Chalton MoT Centre.
The owners took one look at us and offered to take us to our car, saving the day and ensuring I got to my shopping with two minutes to spare and my ex managed to get to work on time.
They didn’t want anything for their trouble.
They were just happy to help two lost adults and their knackered dog out of a sticky situation.
It’s so nice to know people as generous as them still exist in the world.