The Basket Lady
Thanks to the time, effort, and generosity of Barbara Morse, 12 homemade vegetable and fruit quick breads will be added to one of a kind spring baskets along with a set of reversible cloth napkins designed by the penny angel that’ll be delivered to seniors in the community Easter weekend.
Basket Lady can hardly wait to give the spring baskets away - a lot of love went in to the baking of the quick breads and the making of such beautiful cloth napkins. Both of these individuals express their kindness in a variety of ways toward others daily and to quote The Dalai Lama, “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples, no need for complicating philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
A couple of months ago, I found myself in a huge Dollar Store in Lewiston (I could’ve stayed in there all afternoon and still wouldn’t have seen everything that was stocked on the shelves). I must say that for a dollar, the place was buzzing with people. I was standing in a long check-out line feeling bored to death when a lady that I didn’t know struck up a conversation with me. “Do you live around here?” I shook my head no. “You look like someone I know.”
“I used to live in Mexico but moved away and my family is still there.” A big smile crossed her face as she recalled the days of the Pintos and the high school rivalry with Rumford High School.
After 15 minutes or so, we lost track of the long waiting time in line as we discussed the prices of everything as she insisted that I looked familiar to her. I felt certain that we’d never met before but a green light must’ve gone off in her head because right about that time she snapped her fingers, “You’re that lady on the local cable station that always writes about Dot Sanchas.
What a great person she was - she helped everybody her whole life. I know Dot’s in heaven smiling down on us.” Twenty five minutes later, I was the one at the Dollar Store smiling because once again, another person remembered Dot’s life time of kindness.
For many people, nurturing the good and open heart can be a challenge. How can I trust those who have betrayed me, or let me down? With all that goes on in the world is it any wonder that people begin to live lives of fear, limitation, and cynicism? Dot Sanchas opened her heart to awareness, and authentic kindness. She was the gold standard of true kindness toward others as well as toward herself, and Dot expressed her kindness in actions and words to all those that she encountered without exception or expectation.
Dot Sanchas and one of her many friends, Dot Benedix, used to bake all things edible and make up bread baskets for the individuals and families who came to the Free Store in need. Dot loved baskets especially if she could raffle them off for a Santa’s Helper’s fundraiser.
Friend, give someone a basket of kindness today. We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile and live in the present.