CLEVELAND — There were two very different sides to 49-year-old Anita Hughes. At her church in Cleveland, she was a fearless hurricane. While at home, she’s more like a stationary front.
As we, she rarely left the house and wouldn’t travel anywhere by herself. Which is why it was such a big deal when Anita decided to step way outside her comfort zone to take a trip on her own.
“I turned the ignition and I actually got on [Interstate] 77 South and I went,” she said.
She was headed for North Carolina for a gospel concert and she made it just fine. But on the way home she got so terribly lost, she didn’t even know what state she was in.
So Anita pulled into a 7-Eleven in Strasburg, Virginia, to ask for directions. Surveillance video caught her entering the store. Unfortunately, there’s no sound, but by all accounts, you could hear her desperation loud and clear.
“‘Can somebody please tell me how get to Cleveland?!’,” Anita recalled asking.
“I mean, she came in full-throated, like a Broadway star on stage reaching the back row,” said Jason Wright, a customer at the store.
He said he gave Anita directions, but she was still scared and skeptical.
“I said, ‘If that’s the right way, you come show me how to get to Cleveland.’ So he did,” Anita said.
“I mean, I’m going in the complete opposite direction,” Jason said. “I live here to the south. I’m driving north, so far out of my way.”
Jason drove 35 miles out of his way to get her back on track to Cleveland. And then a few days later he drove another 300 miles — to take her to the moon.
Obviously, Anita got a new friend — and new confidence.
Anita agreed that Jason gave her a lot more than directions that day. “Just a little bit of appliance of affection can…