You know, he almost didn't see the old lady, stranded on the side of the
+AD4-road. But even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So
+AD4-pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still
+AD4-sputtering when he approached her. Even with the smile on his face, she
+AD4-was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was
+AD4-going to hurt her? He didn't look safe, he looked poor and hungry.
+AD4-He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He
+AD4-knew how she felt. It was that chill which only fear can put in you. He
+AD4-said, +ACI-I'm here to help you ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car where
+AD4-warm? By the way, my name is Bryan.+ACI-
+AD4-Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad
+AD4- Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning
+AD4-his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he
+AD4-to get dirty and his hands hurt. As he was tightening up the lug nuts,
+AD4-rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was
+AD4-from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn't thank him
+AD4-enough for coming to her aid.
+AD4-Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. She asked him how much she owed
+AD4-him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She had already
+AD4-imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped.
+AD4-Bryan never thought twice about the money. This was not a job to him. This
+AD4-was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty who had given
+AD4-him a hand+AD4- +AD4APg- +AD4APg- +AD4APg- +AD4- in the past... He had lived his whole life that
+AD4-and it never occurred to him to act any other way.
+AD4-He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she
+AD4- someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance that
+AD4- needed, and Bryan added +ACI-...and think of me+ACI-. He waited until she started
+AD4-her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt
+AD4-good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.
+AD4-A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a
+AD4-bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her
+AD4-home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps.
+AD4-The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The cash register was like the
+AD4-telephone of an out of work actor-it didn't ring much.
+AD4-Her waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She
+AD4-had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day
+AD4-erase. The lady noticed that the waitress was nearly eight months
+AD4-but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady
+AD4-wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger.
+AD4-Then she remembered Bryan.
+AD4-After the lady finished her meal, and the waitress went to get change for
+AD4-her hundred dollar bill, the lady slipped right out the door. She was
+AD4-by the time the waitress came back.
+AD4-The waitress wondered where the lady could be, then she noticed something
+AD4-written on the napkin under which was four +ACQ-100 bills. There were tears in
+AD4-her eyes when she read what the lady wrote.
+AD4-It said: +ACI-You don't owe me anything, I have been there too. Somebody nice
+AD4-helped me out, the way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back,
+AD4-here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you.+ACI-
+AD4-Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve,
+AD4-but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home
+AD4-from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what
+AD4-lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her
+AD4-needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard. She
+AD4-how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave
+AD4-him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, +ACI-Everything's gonna be all
+AD4-right+ADs- I love you, Bryan.+ACI-
+AD4-Today, I sent you this story, now I am asking you to pass it on...
+AD4-Let this light shine. Don't put it under a basket. Please pass this on to
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