Yesterday morning a group gathered just outside the Icelandic consulate. They were there because a car had driven into the old section of town, tried to turn around and instead had become hung up on a concrete ledge.
They offered counsel and console. Communication and contact. Support and skill. Hospitality and care.
The situation even became a stop on a walking tour of Torshavn’s “old town”.
A young man whom we learned was in a construction apprenticeship, was working nearby and offered to call the police.
Eventually the police department arrived to make an assessment.
“This is a job for the fire department.”
While waiting for the fire department the neighbors offered an invitation to sit and have tea while the mother sat at the window to watch for the fire department.
“We need wood.” Neighbors brought wood and the jacking up began.
Success! The car was freed. One fire department member held out a portable credit card reader for payment, we gave repeated thanks to all as a neighbor slowly backed the car off the board, drove off to nearby corner where we met up. He got out, we got in, and drove off!
Of course the next stop was coffee.