Never too old for a lesson in humility

Columnist Colleen Crossley shares a proud moment involving her son and a senior woman.

It seems my sister, my son (10) and her son (four) were eating outside at the local Dairy Queen one afternoon.

My sister went back into the restaurant and asked my son to look after his cousin for a minute.

Right beside the boys, an elderly woman fell down as she exited the store with a tray of food. Everyone froze as the woman’s tray went flying and she collapsed.

She became as white as a sheet after the shock of the fall and started vomiting.

Still, none of the other patrons did anything but look on in disgust as the woman struggled to get up and clean herself — very embarrassed at the state she was in. After a period of inactivity on the part of the adults, my feisty young son (familiar with first aid from Cubs, Scouts) made sure his young cousin was facing away “so he wouldn’t see the blood,” reassured him he would be right back and ran to the woman’s side, telling her quietly “It’s OK” as she vomited.

He got napkins to help her clean up and gently rubbed her back, as I had done so often when he was ill. My sister came out of the restaurant and right into the action. She said my son’s obvious initiative and caring were impressive.

The woman was sent off by ambulance without ever hearing my son’s name.

However, across from her seniors’ care facility was a school where she regularly read to the early grade classes and she thought she remembered seeing my son in the hallway so she went to the principal’s office to look at the student pictures.

She found him and had him paged. My son, not unfamiliar with being called to the principal’s office, was a bit nervous when he arrived but immediately recognized the woman.

She explained that she had been having lunch away from her home when the incident occurred and wanted to thank him in person so she had tracked him down at the school.

She gave him a card and invited him to visit her across the street whenever he wanted to “chat with a cookie and milk after school.” He did — every week until she passed away several years later. They were “connected,” he told me. What a champ!

Colleen Crossley is a freelance columnist for the Tribune.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes shared this photo of the binders and binders of letters and paperwork she’s received on area roads in the past few years. (Submitted photo)
Cariboo MLAs call on province to fix region’s roads

Minister Rob Fleming said more resources were on the way to the region

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 139 president David Brideau salutes the Cenotaph at city hall during a past Remembrance Day services in Williams Lake Monday, Nov. 11. Brideau, who served three years with the Canadian military in Edmonton, was the parade commander during the Legion’s Remembrance Day service. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake legion looks to upgrade lounge, patio, to be COVID compliant

Upgrades will require significant financial investment, Branch 139 president David Brideau said

Williams Lake’s Daine Dubois (left) and 150 Mile House’s Isaac Bedford have been named as recipients of the 2020 Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport. (Tribune file photos)
Two Cariboo athletes honoured with Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport

“You have honoured the province, your nations, and your families.”

A worker at Gibraltar Mine north of Williams Lake. (Taseko Mines Ltd. photo)
B.C. Mining Month celebrates innovation

Mining has long been important to the Williams Lake economy

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his 100th point this season with Leon Draisaitl (29) against the Vancouver Canucks during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Saturday, May 8, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Edmonton superstar McDavid hits 100-point mark as Oilers edge Canucks 4-3

NHL scoring leader needs just 53 games to reach century mark

A map showing where the most number of cases were recorded from April 23 to 29. This map, revealing a breakdown of infections by neighborhood, was pulled from a data package leaked to the Vancouver Sun last week (and independently verified).
36 Abbotsford schools flagged for COVID-19 exposures in the last 2 weeks, shattering record

Clearbrook Elementary recorded an ‘exposure’ on all 11 school days

Canada’s chief public health officer is reminding Canadians even those who are fully vaccinated are not immune from transmitting the COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns full vaccination does not equal full protection from COVID-19

Post-inoculation, Theresa Tam says the risk of asymptomatic infection and transmission is far lower but not obsolete

The dash cam footage, taken May 7 at 8:18 a.m. belonged to the driver of a southbound vehicle that recently travelled out of the tunnel. (Reddit/Screen grab)
VIDEO: Dash cam captures dramatic rollover crash on Highway 99

Only one person sustained injuries from the collision, says B.C. Ambulance Services

Chevy stranded on a ledge above a rocky canyon at Mimi Falls near Logan Lake, April 28, 2021. (Photo credit: Margot Wikjord)
Police officer and fire chief team up in risky rescue of stranded dog near Logan Lake

Chevy, a rescue dog, needed rescuing again after getting stuck on a ledge above rocky canyon

Police were on the scene of a fatal shooting in Abbotsford. (Black Press Media files)
B.C. government to give more than $8 million for programs to curb gang violence

221 not-for-profit projects led by local governments and school districts among others will receive a one-time grant

Most Read