LETTER: Couple comes through for fellow St. Louis Park residents
To The Editor:
On Feb. 9, my wife and I returned from Ethiopia with our newly adopted child.
We didn’t bring cell phones since they don’t work in Ethiopia. I started the car in the airport ramp but the battery and brakes light warning indicators were on. I chose to ignore them for the time being – dumb in retrospect, but we had been traveling for about 24 hours with a 15-month-old child that had only known us for five days.
We were exhausted and just wanted to get home. On the ramp from Hwy. 62 westbound to Hwy. 100 northbound, the car lost power and stopped completely.
So there we were, no cell phone and no public phone in sight. I decided to leave my wife and child in the car and walk to the Perkins about 1.5 miles away.
When I was just out of sight of my wife, a car pulled up to me. In it were Tom and Mary Anne Brower and their dog, also of St. Louis Park. I explained that the car died and I needed to use a phone to call my road service. They offer to do whatever it takes to get us home safely and at ease. All they asked is for us to “pay it forward.”
You cannot imagine how grateful and relieved I felt. I explained that we had been traveling, have a new baby and were exhausted. We decided that the best thing to do was for their son to pick up Mary Anne and the dog, then transfer my wife, child and luggage to the Browers’ car and wait for the tow truck.
When the tow truck came, Tom drove us and our stuff home and even brought our stuff into our house.
There is no way I can repay the Browers for their kindness and generosity.
St. Louis Park