Monday, October 22, 2012

A Couch and a Nice Man Named Jerry

This is the new couch we bought for the upstairs den.  How it got there is an amazing story.

We've mulled over which couch to buy for the den since we moved into this house seven months ago.  Until I started school last month, we rarely used the second floor.  Occasionally, I did yoga or watched TV shows on my laptop upstairs.  The vaulted ceiling and window views of trees and sky were wasted, because we spent all of our time downstairs.  We decided to cozy it up, especially since it's my prime study area now.

Our weeks-long search for a couch ended yesterday!  It's plain, but it was a really good deal and fit our needs.  We were a bit too confident in thinking we could tie it to the roof of Mr. TBS's car, and we found ourselves staring at the car and couch in the parking lot in the Houston heat.  We didn't have enough rope, and the couch looked like it might slide off on our one-mile drive home.

A large trucked pulled up a few empty spots over from us, and the pony-tailed driver stepped out and said,

"If you cover the gas, I'll take it in my truck."

I smiled, and said, "Oh, well, we're hopeful this will work."  Is this a scam?  Who is this pony-tailed man with bad teeth offering to drive this couch to our house?  What's in it for him?

Mr. TBS and I tried to devise a plan but got nowhere.  As a last resort, we wondered if that man's offer was too good to be true.  Only a few minutes later, he was walking out of the store, and Mr. TBS asked,

"Excuse me.  What was your offer?  If we pay for the gas to our place, you'll drive it home for us?"  It was true!  He asked nothing more than money to cover the gas, so Mr. TBS offered $7, and it was a deal.  This man's name, we learned, was Jerry.  As the heavy-duty truck suggested, he worked in construction and cabinetry building.  He was quick tying the couch down, and we were on our way.  In the car, Mr. TBS and I were stunned that a stranger was so willing to help.  We pulled together all the cash we had ($17) and were disappointed we didn't have a beer or bottle of water at the house to reward his neighborly act. 

Jerry helped unload the couch and carry it upstairs without hesitation, all the while offering tips on how to make the process easier.  (Those stairs and tight corners are killer.)  When all was said and done, do you know what he asked?  He wanted to know if he could have our rope that we used to tie down the couch instead of the cash.  On a recent project, some guys ruined his rope, and he needed one.  We were so grateful for his generosity and helpfulness that we gave him the rope, the $17, and as many "thank yous" as we could squeeze into the conversation.  We truly would not have been able to get the couch upstairs without him.  We were all smiles, but he looked at us as if we did him a favor.  With the kindest eyes, he wished us a wonderful day.

At face value, this story is about a couch and a nice man named Jerry, but it's much more than that.

Jerry reminded me that there are really genuine and selfless people in the world, 
and sometimes, they appear when you least expect it.  

He reminded me that people can do good things when you give them the opportunity.  

He reminded me that no matter what someone looks like on the outside, 
he can have a giving heart and bright spirit.

Jerry, you are awesome!

For the remainder of the day, I studied in the comfort of our new couch.  :)

When is the last time you met a "Jerry" or were a "Jerry" for someone else?


Rebecca said...

Nice couch, it looks really cosy and what a wonderful man Jerry is. I can't remember the last time I met a Jerry or even if I ever have and I don't think I've ever made such a big grand Jerry gesture to a stranger either that I can think of, I've helped old ladies by carrying their bags, helped people up when they have fallen over and helped blind people cross the street but never anything as big as Jerry. Have a great week.

Unknown said...

Wow. What an incredible story. This is such a great reminder of really how nice and selfless people. AHHH this makes me so happy to be from a place where people like that exist!

Love you. Miss you.
Happy studying!

Meg O. said...

It is such a breath of fresh air to see that people like this still exist. Now the couch has more meaning. I love when pieces of mundane items in our life have so much more meaning because of moments like these.

Marie @ Life is a Highway said...

I love this story!

Gesci said...

What a great story!! I have had some "Jerry"s in my life, and they truly are the sprinkles on life's sundae. One that I can say might have truly saved my life was when my Explorer hit ice and spun 180ยบ on the interstate (stopping so close & parallel with the guard rail I couldn't see it- I was sure I was about to go over) and a large pickup stopped, blocked traffic in both lanes, let me turn around, then followed me slowly to the weigh station where I pulled off to stop shaking. He drove off without stopping, but sped up, so I know he was making sure I was okay. In fact, I'm a little teary thinking of it, because so much could have gone deadly wrong in that situation. I've had less-scary encounters with "Jerry"s as well, and each one reminds me that it's not a big deal to pick up someone's stuff that fell out of their bag at the check-out or to offer the completely shaken up girl who just wrecked her car a ride home, despite me not knowing her from Adam. Sometimes you just do something because you NEVER know when it'll be you who needs a hand! So glad you shared this story; it can be too easy to just go on with our own problems and forget to hold a hand out for someone else sometimes.
Also, that couch looks totally cosy. Great addition :)

Courtney said...

Such a great story! I love it when you're reminded that there really are good people in this crazy world!

Leah said...

What a cool story Lindsay! I too would've been hesitant at first, but only because we don't get to see as many acts of kindness any more. Even just reading of this makes me happy to know there are kind people like Mr. Jerry. That's awesome.
And I have to be a dork and ask, did you give him a warm high five? :)

Jess said...

This post just made my day. MADE. Seriously it makes me so happy to read this kind of stuff :)

That's one of my favorite things about Adam...he will do anything that he can to help anyone out. I've learned a lot from him as far as that goes.

YAY Jerry for being awesome.
And I'm glad you have a new study haven!


Oh hello, Love said...

I love this story!! It is so uplifting to hear stories about people doing truly selfless acts. It seems to be so rare now. And you're completely right, it always seems to be the people we least expect.

Thanks for the story and the reminder to be a "Jerry"!

Whitney H said...

I want this couch!! Seriously, it's exactly what I've been looking for. Where did you find it?! Jerry is the name of our hilarious CEO as well as my really funny 2nd cousin. It has a pretty good meaning to me as well!

Jenn said...

I love the couch and I love the story. I love people that are not afraid to offer a hand and I love people that are willing to take the help!

Unknown said...

The couch looks so comfy! I love the "Jerry's" of the world, I also try to be one as much as possible :)

Darby Hawley said...

This is so refreshing! Praise the Lord for Mr Jerry! The couch looks good too :-)

Empirically Erin said...

I love this! This is such a sweet story. What a nice reminder that there actually are nice people out there!!

Tyler said...

Seriously, what an amazing story! That is so awesome :) And a great feeling you'll get every time you look at that couch. Thanks for sharing this story, so great :)

Mrs. Crazy said...

I love a good feel good story!! There are more "Jerry's" in the world then not!!(You just don't hear about them) But ,boy, it is nice to hear about them. I would be your newest follower, Thanks!

Michelle said...

What a sweet story! Jerrys are unfortunately so rare these days. I try to be one for other people, though I'm so often caught up in my own selfishness.

And I love that couch! It looks cozy :)

Jenni@Story of My Life said...

He was probably checking out the layout of your house and opening up some upstairs windows when you weren't looking so he could come back and rob you later.

Bahahahah JUST kidding. Totally kidding. But DO check your windows.

Marissa said...

That is a beautiful story. I'm sad that its an exception and not the rule.

RadiantKristen said...

That's the happiest story I've heard in a long time. Way to go, Jerry!