Today while shopping at the local grocery store I encountered a situation and I didn’t know how to help. The language barrier continues to be a real problem for me as I can not communicate any other way besides pointing, grunting, & playing charades.
An older gentleman (quite older) using a cane was at the top of the escalator. I could tell he was unsure of how to get on the escalator. His fear or apprehension increasing as young people were pushing their way through. He kept stepping out-of-the-way allowing others to go before him while he watched their feet as they got on for the ride down. I offered my cart and motioned for him to hang on so I could help him and he waved me off. I understand, he doesn’t know me and I’m a foreigner. I left my cart and walked over to the isle where a young man was working. I motioned for him to help him on to the escalator; but, once again I was not understood. It was quite obvious to me what needed to be done. My frustration level escalated to a new high when I saw this older gentleman with a cane take the stairs.
As I sit here stewing, I happen to Google the word humanity and came to the following website. Great articles! Thought I would share just in case you need a little dose of, “pick me up”.