This Is Where I Am Supposed To Be

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By Carolyn Bolton

[This story was actually shared as a status post by the writer on her Facebook account. There was no editing done by her or us, just pure adrenaline rush as she was recounting the following event. We begged her if we could post it AS IS.]

Carolyn, the writer

Well today hasn’t been AT ALL what I’d planned. Not even a wee bit! Was on the way to a lunch appointment with my friend and long-time professional colleague Janet- driving toward downtown Salem on Front Street in front of Truitt Bros. – when a lady bicyclist somehow got her front tire caught in the RR tracks and – *WHAM* – went over H-A-R-D in the middle of the road, in the middle of traffic, directly in front of me! (I give cyclists lots of space; so glad I do.)Whacked her head evil hard on the asphalt of the roadway (yay, she was wearing a helmet!) … lay on the pavement motionless for somewhere between 30-60 seconds, as I stopped my car right in the southbound lane of traffic, flipped on my emergency flashers and just left my driver’s door open to go to her. She was slim, athletic, probably 10 years younger than me, and literally/medically stunned. She insisted she was okay and tried to stand. Nope. No way she could. A fella in an SUV had stopped and came to move her bike out of the roadway. The guys from Truitt Bros. locked the bike inside their property gates. I helped her walk to my car and have a seat in the passenger seat.

She was clearly in shock. Lacerations on her hand. Tears streaming down her face.I drove her to the Emergency Room at Salem Hospital (which, by the by, was a frustrating PUZZLE TO FIND!!! … not well marked for parking or pedestrian access since they built their new building that houses it! ACK! so that took longer than I wanted). On the way there found out she was a nurse at the hospital in the oncology department. Tried to keep her talking, answer questions: “What year is it”? She paused to think for a while, “2012”. “Who is the president?” She paused to think for a long while, and I suddenly realized that the first name that had come to my mind was Reagan. OOPS! “Obama” she replied slowly. “Are you married? What is your husband’s name?” – then realized I had no way of knowing if her answer was true or not. She was a stranger! A beautiful mess of a wounded stranger who fell on the road in front of my car.Long story short – I got her into triage, asked for her phone so I could call her husband, told her I’d stay until he got there. Called him – THAT was a weird conversation since it was his wife’s number and he thought she was calling him. Went to find her and there she was in the triage/admissions queue in a wheelchair, all alone, tears covering both her cheeks without end. I got her Kleenex as she said, “You’ve got somewhere to be. I heard you call and cancel an appointment didn’t I?”“You heard me call and cancel an appointment, but THIS is where I’m supposed to be,” I assured her. “But you don’t even know me!” “I know I was meant to help you today, and I’m meant to be here now. I don’t need to know you personally to know this is exactly where I’m supposed to be,” I assured her. “You’re an angel,” she whispered. “An angel. I mean it!”Her husband arrived. He promised to call me once they knew what was going on. Her head hurt (I’m sure she had a concussion … nausea was setting in … bike helmet totaled). Her elbow hurt (broken? at least significantly bruised). No doubt under her biking clothes, there were asphalt burns down her entire left side. A beautiful mess of a wounded stranger who fell on the road RIGHT in front of my car.WE ARE HERE TO HELP ONE ANOTHER! That’s all. Every day. In little ways and larger ways. Be present. Assist. Comfort. Hold a hand. Ask who’s president, as though it matters in the larger scheme of things. Smile. Help. Comfort. Lend a hand. Be angels. We all can. We just have to CHOOSE. ♥ ♥ ♥

Say a prayer for Krista. A beautiful mess of a wounded stranger who fell on the road right in front of my car and whacked her brain on the asphalt. Say a prayer for Krista. ♥

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About the writer:

Carolyn is a mother, grandma, mediator, writer, nonprofit management consultant , grant expert (carolyn.bolton.consulting@gmail.com). Born and raised in rabid fundamentalism in Southern Idaho, she has lived the past 40 years in Salem, Oregon – and is moving to Mercer Island, Washington this month. Seeker, lover of books, musician and music lover, believer in living with her heart wide open and her eyes bright.

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22 Replies to “This Is Where I Am Supposed To Be”

  1. I am a fifty year old woman, one year out of major back surgery. I was in a terrible argument with the now ex. Needless to say, I felt safer to walk out. I had walked 8 miles before the pain was so great that I could only take two steps at a time. Now night time, tears running down my face, lost and in pain, I asked 5 different people for help to place a phone call, as my phone was dead. A simple phone call, 5 different people! And, these five different people refused to help me.To busy. Took me 1/2 an hour to walk past two closed stores to find a Halloween decoration that I could unplug and plug in my phone. I finally called my sister. Whom brought me to her house and doctored me. To this day, I pray for those 5 people, how sad it must be for them. I vowed to never pass anyone in need of help that very night.I will never be THAT busy or jaded! I will do the right thing!
    Thank you for your post, truly is beautiful!

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  3. Thank you for sharing, you are an inspiration, an angel and an example of how great mankind can be.
    I hope that an angel will be there for you if you ever need.

    May the best blessing come your way xx

  4. An angel helped me and my 3 year old daughter after we collided with a semi truck. She relayed all of the information to the semi truck driver, called 911, called my husband, and stayed with us until the emergency vehicles came. Being able to stay in my car holding my daughter as the waves of shock poured through my body was an incredible gift that I will always remember. Bless you for making time in your life and your day to do this act of kindness.

  5. Please keep us posted on Krista’s recovery. You were indeed, right where you were meant to be. We need more everyday Angels like you in the world.

  6. I was cut off while riding my motorbike on a freeway a few yrs ago and didn’t know what was going on or really what had happened but as soon as I went down the car of the person that cut me off pulled over and the lady behind him. He just sat on the bonnet of his car with his arms crossed while this other lady – this angel – ran over to me and tended to my wounds and asked me questions, even going so far as assuring me that she would vouch for me that he has cut me off because he did the same thing to her earlier up the road. I thank God for that woman, in peak hr traffic she would have been late to work but waited till the ambulance came because the other guy didn’t do anything. She single handedly restored my faith in people. Do what you can for who you can, you have no idea how large your impact on them will be!

  7. Wow! That is true, you were 100% where you were suppose to be! I will see a car accident right in front of me and think to my self that could have been me if I had not have paused to do some little task at home before rushng out the door. Fate? No matter how it comes about you were needed and thanks to you that soul will always be grateful for your kindness!

  8. The bible talks of Good Samaritans.You were indeed a good samaritan Carolyn-a practising one indeed.The Lord your God says he knows the plans he has for us-and it indeed was God’s calling,and you were there at the right place and right time.Many prayers for Krista and husband.Wish them a speedy recovery.God’s love comes in many forms.This is just one of the forms

  9. Thank-you Carolyn for sharing this “co-incidence” with us. Thank-you for knowing the Lord, showing up and being available to be a conduit of his love. May your rescheduled lunch date be made richer in the sharing of this story and the ripple effect from this situation continue to grow and show his love on this planet we call home. Many prayers for Krista, and her hubby, you and all of us blessed through connecting one with another in his love!

  10. “Our faces will be imprinted on the hearts of those who are kind to us, like a blessing.” Edith Hahn Beer You ARE an angel.

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