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Blog: Lucky to Live in Highland Park

There's a lot of goodness in our community that never makes it into the headlines.

I've lived in Highland Park for decades and I love our community. However, the media's almost relentless focus on crime and cruelty--yes, i know it's your their jobs and they are performing an important public service--tends to distort my perception of reality.

It's easy to forget that ours is a community--a city, a state, a country and a world--of people who are, for the most part, good-hearted, generous and even noble.

Last night, when my car broke down after dark at the intersection of Avenue 64 and York Boulevard, I felt completely alone, completely vulnerable and scared.

But, within just a few minutes, three guys, all on foot, all strangers to me and to each other, offered me assistance and two of them pushed my car out of the intersection to safety in a parking lot, where I could call for a tow.

Those Good Samaritans wouldn't even let me thank them with a tip. They just sent me beautiful smiles, as they waved goodbye. Since I'm a cynical, elderly woman, I stopped depending on the kindness of strangers a long time ago. But I want to let go of some of that cynicism. I want to send out a thank you to those three young men, not only for their help but also for reminding me how lucky I am to live among such people.

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El Cid December 08, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Thank you for sharing this wonderful act of kindness! “Wherever there is a noble human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” You were blessed to encounter three wonderful classy men! And, I agree - we are fortunate to live in Highland Park. Wishing heartfelt blessings to your heroes! Happy Holidays!
Highland Park Cares December 08, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Kindness and Humanity Comes in all Shapes, Sizes and Ages. I have had many experiences throughout LA that have made me a true believer in the common compassion in all of us. My car once broke down at 2am in Boyle Heights. The toughest guys came up to me and told me I needed to leave. I told them I had no gas, and that I was going to go look for some (no cell phone, no AAA, no nada). They left without saying a word. They came back 10 minutes later with a 2 liter bottle of gasoline, and a homemade funnel and sent me on my way. Would not take my money. They were my angels that night. One of them uttered if this was my sister, I would want someone to help her...
Linda Folsom December 10, 2012 at 04:49 AM
I want to echo those who thank you for sharing your story. Each day I find at least one reason to renew my faith in my fellow humans but I don't take the time to share the experience. It's time we start speaking up on behalf of each other, not just to accuse those few who aren't setting a stellar example.
Jonathan December 10, 2012 at 04:00 PM
You left out the part where they made off with your purse and stole your car. - NBC News
Peter Bedard December 10, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Thanks for the reminder. I've felt a little shaky recently as a murder happened just a few days ago behind my home. I love this neighborhood. I love the people here. I even try and smile and say HELLO to the gang members I see walk by my home. My goal is to be as loving as possible at all times. Although I don't always make this goal I try especially to reach out to those who are acting out cruelty and their own sadness. Sometimes I feel down, especially when such an awful act of violence happens so close to my home, and I appreciate your message.
elmo December 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Over the weekend I saw some man tagging up some property. Glad you ran into those 3 kind men instead of the guy i saw.

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