Shortly after, the two other movers from the Bellhops Moving Company arrived at Lamey’s house. Before they started packing her house, Lamey sat them down and told them about Carr and the night he’d endured to get to work on time. The other movers were speechless.
Alongside Carr, they immediately started packing the house and moved the Lamey family to their new home on the other side of the city. Carr and his new work colleagues got along as if they’d known each other for years. To top it off, after a long day’s work, Carr played some basketball with Jenny Lamey’s kids.
Getting to Work
The owner of the home he was meant to help move was Jenny Lamey, who was startled to see a police car arrive at her home so early in the morning. Duffey got out of the patrol car with Carr and proceeded to tell her the story of the young man.
He spared no details, telling her the ordeal and journey he’d embarked upon all so he wouldn’t be late for the job. Duffey asked Lamey if it was alright for Carr to wait at her home until his boss and the rest of the moving crew arrived. Lamey couldn’t believe what she was hearing.
In utter disbelief, Lamey could no longer hold the tears back and started crying. She thought of the 20-year-old young man and the ordeal he had been through, the sense of perseverance and responsibility that was so rare for a person that age. Lamey further thought about how after his hours of walking and lack of sleep, Carr would now have to start a 9-hour workday of heavy lifting in terrible heat.
Lamey said that she was blown away and that she burst into tears a couple of times. She offered Carr a bed to take a nap on and some food before work started. Carr thanked her but said he’d rather get straight to work.
The all-night trek wasn’t the only thing that left Lamey and her kids in shock. As they started talking to Carr, he told them a bit more about himself. He was studying for his associate degree, which he would complete later that year. Soon after, he would go to boot camp to become a U.S. Marine.
The Lamey family was in awe of Walter – not only was this man starting an arduous new job, but he was also studying and getting ready to become a Marine. On top of it all, he was willing to walk 20 miles in the middle of the night to make it to work on time. He showed a will and perseverance that were astonishing.
An Unimaginable Ordeal
Carr’s attitude toward life and his infinite perseverance weren’t a coincidence. As the afternoon went on and Carr got to know the Lamey family, he started to tell them a bit about his life. He finally opened up and told them that, when he was a 5-year-old boy, he and his mother lost everything to Hurricane Katrina.
They were living in New Orleans when the tragedy happened, and they had lost their belongings and their home. But even in the face of such terrible hardship, Carr’s mother kept going and found a way to provide for her family. She taught Carr that life is worth fighting for, even when things get seemingly impossible.