I would like to tell you about two amazing teenage girls I had the pleasure of meeting under not so great circumstances Friday, March 24.
My husband and I were visiting with some friends and we heard a crash followed by the steady blowing of a horn. We immediately knew it was an accident. Having been a reporter, my journalistic curiosity got the better of me and I walked around the back of the building to see what happened. It was a two-vehicle collision but not too serious, first responders were already there helping an older lady who appeared not to be injured but very shaken.
Just as I was ready to turn back I saw a young teen girl come from around the front of the building. She was crying, nearly hysterical, and I heard her tell someone on her phone, “we were just in an accident.”
Needless to say, the mom in me kicked in and I went to the teen. She seemed relieved to see me even though she did not know me and instantly fell into my shoulder looking for comfort. I hugged her and asked her if she was OK. She said, “yes but my friend is more upset than I am, would you please go check on her?” I went to the front of the building to find another teen sitting on the sidewalk sobbing. I sat down with her and she too, not knowing me, instantly rested her head on my shoulder. I asked her if she was hurt, she was not.
When she was able to stop crying enough to talk, she did not display anger. She was not worried about the damage to her car or how mad her parents were going to be. Nope, her first question was, “how is the lady in the other car?” She followed that with repeatedly apologizing for the accident. When her friend returned, the teen driver made sure her friend was not hurt.
These two girls, just 17 and 15, in a very stressful situation, worried not about themselves but everyone else. They repeatedly thanked me for staying with the until their moms arrived. What they did is show me there is still hope for our future, that not all youth are self-centered or blame everyone else for their actions (but, not having seen the police report, I’m not convinced the accident was her fault).
When I made the decision to stay, I thought I was there to help them but in turn they ended up helping me. I’m grateful no one was seriously injured and I pray those two girls, Grace and Isabelle, know just how spectacular they are.