What you did is commendable and quite appropriate, I think.

"Elmer L. Fairbank" wrote:

> Just got back from lunch and there was this half-frozen coed standing in a
> snow squall with all her luggage at a bus stop, sobbing her eyes out.  I
> asked her if she was OK (duh, you have to have some kind of opener), and
> through a series of very pointed questions (she was too upset to offer
> info) found that she probably had missed her ride to Baltimore ( a ride,
> not a bus, just a convenient location, plus she didn't have any way to get
> hold of the people giving her the ride to find out if they were late or had
> already left).  I gave her my name and number and told her if she got stuck
> here to call and she could join us for dinner tomorrow rather than sit
> alone and miserable*.  I then got her to call her parents and tell them her
> plight.  Then my bus came and I was gone.  Should I have done more?  Is
> there more we can do for complete strangers.  If it were my daughter I
> would hope someone would have compassion on her.**  Did I overstep my
> bounds as a stranger in "pushing" the conversation?   Should I have offered
> her a ride to Baltimore, a 10-12 hour round trip?  The poor thing made my
> heart melt watching her anguish.  Her tears were freezing to her cheeks,
> for heavens sakes.
>
> Till the getting too complicated for his feeble little brain
>
> * I also made sure she had a place to go home to tonight, that is, wasn't
> locked/shut out from her usual quarters and sleeping in the street)
>
> **  My daughter called me from the Atlanta airport this summer in a similar
> state.  She was tired, sick and hungry, coming back from Brazil, had lost
> her passport and boarding pass and had no one to pick her up in Salt Lake
> if/when she did get there.  I gave her a strategy, which she followed and
> it all worked out.  I was almost ready to call my good friend Scott McGee,
> though.  Had I heard from her again while still in Atlanta (with bad news,
> that is) I would have.
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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick
himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

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