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Today an old woman at the gas station came up to me and said, "I'm so embarrassed, but could you help me?" I thought she was going to ask for money, but she told me that last week her husband died and she had never pumped gas before. She had no idea what to do. MMT

#700 (12) - Aug 29, 2009 by unscrambled - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (12494) - No, that made me sleepy. (262)



This is the saddest story I've ever heard! It made me think immediately of the person I love, and called him to tell him how much I appreciate him.

This is sad and sweet, but I can't help thinking that if she's capable of driving, she should've learned to pump gas by now, and maybe her husband was absurdly traditional and controlling.

This reminds me of my grandparents. They were very traditional, they only had one car. My grandfather would always make sure the car was filled with gas so my grandma didnt have to worry about filling the car up with gas. When he died she had no idea how to pump her own gas.

Yeah, this was one of those MMTs where I literally stopped, and looked up at the sky. This is one of my favorites.


My grandfather passed away last year and I helped teach my grandma how to fill up her gas tank. and at Lichen, my grandfather was never controlling of my grandma, he just always made sure the tank was full, and it was never something my grandma had to worry about.

seems to be a common thing, was the case with my grandma. grandpa would fill his car up on payday, drop it off after work, then pick up grandma's car and go fill it for her.

It's all how one views a situation. It is sad, in that she doesn't have her husband there anymore for her to rely on. But it is a lesson to the rest of us, in that maybe we should do little things like that for our partner and/or learn to rely on others a little more than we do.

I know this is a long shot, but can who ever wrote this tell me where they were (city/state)? My grandfather passed away at about this same time frame (Aug. 18 2009) and my grandmother struggled with fueling her own car. She has since passed away. I don't know why, but this story really touched me and made me wonder if it could have been her.

Isn't the lesson that we need to rely less on our partners, not more, because as much as we love and appreciate them they aren't always around?

A month ago I had to help my grandmother pump gas for the first time. My grandfather had a heart attack and was in the hospital. I didnt even have my permit at the time and had to help her out pump and give her tips on how to drive because she never had to much before. Really does MMT


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