英语阅读：Guardian On The Road 路边天使
Guardian On The Road 01
In the winter of 1985 my mother and I were heading home from work. We were running a little late and the weather was cold and foggy. We knew if we didn't get home soon everyone would start worrying. I was 16 years old at the time. I, being the youngest of 10 children had taken a job at the restaurant where my mom worked to help make a few bucks to get us by. Things were very hard at this time and Christmas was nearing. We were talking about the situation on our way home and speaking of how we should all just be grateful that we are all very healthy. And speaking of the fact that there are many other people out there who have much less than we did.
Well the gas tank was nearing empty and we still had almost two weeks to go until payday. We were on our regular route home when rounding one of the sharp curves, there in the midst of the fog stood a slender figure in a long overcoat. This startled us both as we slowed down to a roll. This figure was nearly standing in the road. My mother pulled to the side of the road to my disapproval. She rolled her window down to check if this person was all right. I clenched my fists and started shaking tremendously, thinking of what my father had always said. "Never pick up a stranger." I begged my mom to roll up her window and just continue on, but she insisted that if this person needed help she was going to give it to them.
Guardian On The Road 02
I reached around the back seat and grabbed onto a large flashlight that was on the floorboard. As this figure walked around to my mom's side of the car I held it firmly in my hand. The figure was a woman. Tall, slender and quite docile it seemed. I, however would not be fooled by this act. I just knew she was up to something. She started to speak to my mom and to my surprise she spoke German! My mother is from Germany and most of my older siblings speak very fluent German. I could not understand a word they were saying. Yet I still held the flashlight tight! Then my mother rolled the window up a ways and asked me if I would mind giving this woman a ride home. Her ride had apparently not shown and she would be stuck out here if we didn't. I asked my mom why this lady couldn't call someone else. My mom told me that this woman had just moved here from Germany and they had not yet had their phone turned on. I felt this to be very strange and said that I really didn't like the idea of giving her a ride. Mom patted me on the shoulder and said it would be all right. I insisted that I sit in the backseat then, that way I figured that if she pulled something funny I would be able to whack her on the head and take care of any problems. Mom said that would be fine.
Guardian On The Road 03
The woman got into the front seat with mom and I just watched intently, waiting and waiting. They were jabbering to each other a lot and I was starting to get irritated that I could not pick up even a word of what they were saying. My mom started driving in a direction I was not familiar with. It seemed to me we were getting farther and farther away from our direction of home. Then it dawned on me, the gas! We were almost on empty. I brought this to mom's attention and she looked a little disturbed too. She said for me not to worry, she would dig through her pennies if she had to get us home. Now please remember, this German woman spoke no English. Well I was still worried, but I knew mom always took good care of us so I tried to relax.
We drove quite a ways on the freeway then pulled off onto an exit neither of us was familiar with at all. This woman directed her to an area we never knew of. When we finally reached this woman’s home I was happy to know she would be exiting the car and we could just go home. She stepped out of the car and said something to my mother. Then she started walking up the walkway to the door of her quaint looking home. I said, "Let's go, mom". But mom told me the woman had asked her to wait to make sure she could get in.