I was going to school 3,000 miles away from my hometown. It was a rough experience. From the time I got there until I left, I was completely broke. One day, I woke up in so much pain I couldn’t stand it. As it turned out, one of my wisdom teeth began coming in under a molar. It was some of the worst pain of my life!
I asked my mother if she could loan me the money to get it pulled, as I was living truly hand to mouth, and she refused. The guy I was dating at the time, who was in my hometown, put me in contact with his parents (whom I had never met.) Not only did they immediately pay for my surgery, they sent me about $200 worth of food, which was a literal life saver! Soft food for when I was recovering, and regular food to keep me sustained for a while.
On top of that, some of the people I was going to school with really came through for me! A very new friend (this incident was only three or so weeks into school) drove me to and from the procedure. One classmate, I had never talked to, heard about what I was going through and brought soup to my dorm. One of the guys in the dorm across from mine took care of me off and on, made sure I was eating and drinking plenty of liquid.
I was upset and scared when my mother refused to help me. But having so many strangers do such kind things really restored my faith in humanity!
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