Pickup in the Rain
One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing
on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm.
Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet,
she decided to flag down the next car.Â A young white man stopped to
help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The MN
took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked
him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his
surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special
note was attached..
It read: “Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other
night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then
you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying
husband’s bedside just before he passed away… God bless you for
helping me and unselfishly serving others.”
Mrs. Nat King Cole.