Calf deep in the mud, slinging shovels, pawing at the sodden earth with bare hands, crawling beneath the van’s chassis to shove lumber beneath the sunken wheels. Bespattered with farm field, we grinned and joked. Thus began a welcome hiatus from my morning keyboard labors yesterday about 6 a.m. I had peered out my window and beheld a large white van with wheels buried to the hub tops in Protinick’s cornfield across the way. Its desperate driver stood shaking his head beside the road. The first half of his K-turn had skidded him into this plight and man, he was stuck solid. Another nice mess I’ve gotten me into.
It was well below freezing, so I put on shoes, then grabbed a couple of shovels, some rope, and planks from the barn, and headed out to lend a hand. The van’s owner and I began digging. Within moments we were joined by a lanky jogger who couldn’t resist a little break in his routine. After several minutes of moiling about, a pickup truck passed, paused, and backed up close to us. Together we hitched my inch-and-a-half hemp to each vehicle – dug some more and got in position for the big tow. (Only in America – a Ukrainian, Oriental, Indian, and WASP all heaving on the same car.) After all was set to readiness, the pickup surged forward, the rope snapped taut, while the rest of us pushed. Then slowly the great white behemoth rose from the soil and eased back onto the roadway. Had it been 6 p.m. rather than a.m., a drink would have been in order. As it was, we all gave a brief cheer; the van owner thanked us all, and each of us, a little delayed, headed off to our day’s work.
I do not know the name of any of these gentlemen with whom I shared this chilly mud wallow. They were just good folks who saw a fellow in need and made a little fun out of setting him free. Ya just gotta love mud and homo sapiens – vital elements of Eden.
Wishing you every success,
– Bart Jackson