"Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god" I said. It was kind of a shock because although people fall every day, every memory is really different. There she was—on the ground bursting in tears. She just kept crying and crying. I immediately stopped my bike and got off. I handed my bike handed to my friend Sophie and without speaking, she already understood.
The girl just lay there in tears and didn't move. "Owwww" she cried, "I can't move my elbow." Having previously fallen in the exact same way on my bike due to slippery leaves, I understood how she felt: sore and hurt. I quickly walked over and pulled her out from under the bike. Still crying, she repeated, "It hurts. It hurts. I can't move on my helmet." The amount of pain she was in was all on her face. She looked defeated, so hurt that she did not know what to do. All she could think about was the pain.
Slowly, I pulled off her backpack and asked, "Where is your cell phone?" She pulled out her cell phone from the pouch and began dialing a number.
"Mommy, I fell and my arm really hurts. I'm on Middlefield and Colorado," she began, but halfway through the sentence she had already burst into tears. Her mom told her she was coming right away. She flipped her phone and sat there so hurt and so sad.
"Don't worry. You're safe. You're fine. You'll go to the hospital and then you'll find out you're perfect and nothing's wrong." I tried to reassure her. Just watching her sadness just broke my heart. I knew firsthand those feelings as only five years ago, I too had a similar experience. That day, I went to the nurse and bruised multiple muscle so every time I moved my arm, it was really painful. I sat there with her until her mother arrived.
"Thank you for helping me," she said as she gave me a hug.
I don't consider this a random act of kindness because these things can happen to you any day and no matter where you are, helping someone is something you should do. Although you don't have to, you should do it because when that is you, you'd want someone to give you a helping hand. It makes all the difference in the world. Don't think about it, just do it.
Article written by Alvina Zou