Today You, Tomorrow Me
January 28, 2020 3:22 PM   Subscribe

Today You, Tomorrow Me (SLYT)

Story adapted from redditor /u/rhoner's original

2010 Previously
posted by zinon (12 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
I know it's getting a bit old, but dammit it is dusty here.
posted by sjswitzer at 3:47 PM on January 28 [3 favorites]


I just reread the original story in addition to watching the short.

goddamn tears rolling down my stupid face. It's been a rough january in the Shot First household. Gotta try to remember to show more grace more often.
posted by Sokka shot first at 4:21 PM on January 28 [3 favorites]


I had something similar happen last winter. Hit a giant pot hole on the freeway. Tore my transmission pan pretty much off. Stuck in the middle lane of a three lane freeway, with a car which would no longer move. Kindly Hispanic family in a minivan used it to push me off onto the shoulder. This was of course, during a blizzard. I agree, it gets dusty in here.
posted by jeribus at 4:21 PM on January 28 [1 favorite]


Man do I ever need every little bit of humanity and kindness I can get these days, fictional and otherwise.
Thank you for posting this.
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 4:46 PM on January 28 [3 favorites]


The last couple of weeks have been very bad, and today just frayed my last nerve. This was a good reminder that there are good things in the world. Thank you for posting this; I never saw the original. I think the short captures it pretty well.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 6:47 PM on January 28


The guy with the broken-down truck was trying to express gratitude in the only way he knew how. Unfortunately, it was just to give them money. Their answer was, "Thanks, but pay it forward."

Very well done.
posted by sjswitzer at 6:59 PM on January 28 [3 favorites]


Question: who are all the names in the tags, and how come no ‘reddit’?
posted by growabrain at 7:02 PM on January 28 [3 favorites]


Have been a Texan all my life. The kindness of the people in this culture constantly humbles me. It seems the less they have - the more they give. May they continue to bring their values into everyones lives.
posted by rowboat at 7:06 PM on January 28 [3 favorites]


I hit some ice on a mountain road in Southern Colorado a couple of years ago and spun into a hard snowbank. My first real accident in fifty years of driving. Five minutes later a guy came by to cut the airbags out of the way. Ten minutes later a guy stopped by with a tow rope he'd just bought that day and got me out of the snow. I steered my truck back towards home, Denver.

If I'd gone over the other side of the road, a steep drop off the mountain, it would not have been such a happy ending, but I was delivered into the hands of kind strangers. The best kind.
posted by kozad at 8:22 PM on January 28 [4 favorites]


"Thanks, but pay it forward."

I interpret "Today you, tomorrow me" a little bit differently. I think if the guy was trying to tell him to pay it forward, he'd say something like "Today me, tomorrow you". Instead, I think he's saying "The reason I helped you today is because I know that at some point in the future I will need help, and by helping you today I'm making the world the kind of place where people who need help get the help they need. If I help every time I can, I am confident that when the day comes that I need help, someone will be there to help me."

It's like, "paying it back" and "paying it forward" both imply the settling of a debt that is owed after someone helps you, but the guy who stopped to help seems (to me) to be saying to help others whenever you can.

Nice video, thanks for sharing.
posted by 23skidoo at 11:45 PM on January 28 [17 favorites]


The kindness of the people in this culture constantly humbles me. It seems the less they have - the more they give.

I think that's true the world over.
posted by Paul Slade at 7:41 AM on January 29 [3 favorites]


I saw this story when it was first posted shortly after encountering reddit. I still think about it all the time. reddit definitely has a high signal-to-noise ratio, but seeing this early in my time there bought it a lot of leash with me to find the gems amongst everything else that is there.
posted by dry white toast at 9:22 PM on January 29 [1 favorite]


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