The Basket Lady
In the Good Humor Town, individuals such as Barbara Morse have been in contact with the Basket Lady with an offer to bake some of her delectable quick breads for the annual Easter baskets and two nameless angels left a bowl of chicken stew with dumplings in the entryway for today’s dinner, delish.
Cindrie Cormier literally transports my heavy backpack (via car); when she’s not trying to keep me on track with the Moving Freely classes. Sonya Robinson has covered my patient visitor volunteer duties while I’ve had obligations elsewhere and Sue Ellen Richardson often leaves a surprise or two on the porch for the basket projects.
Joyce Saisi from time to time will gather up teenage school clothes for girls, several boxes of basket stuffers, and a pair of men’s shoes that she leaves on the porch. Barbara “Jean” Smith passes by with an extra large tote filled with her specialty seat cushions and lap throws.
The penny angel flies in with her homemade button cards, wash cloths, and dish towels- thoughtfully presented in a heart shaped basket. Pam Kaubris will surprise me on one of my walks and will give me a ride to Dunkin Donuts for a hot cup of coffee and will loan out her sunglasses to a forgetful Basket Lady in a rush to get out the door.
We’re blessed to live in a town where individuals support and encourage one another even through trying times like now when our town is in the midst of budgetary and employment uncertainties- folks still pull themselves and others up by the bootstraps and get busy with the thing of living and giving.
The community has been given the perfect opportunity to re-invent and re-imagine the possibilities and challenges that circumstances and time have visited upon our leaders, citizens, businesses, schools, and churches- Basket Lady has no doubt that folks in the River Valley will rise up in their support for one another with goodwill and kindness.
Friend, show someone a kindness today. Be kind to yourself.
We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile and live in the present.