The Basket Lady
Recently, Basket Lady was rounding her way toward home when she stopped in to the Far East to pick up a fried rice with chicken wings order when an out of breath lady hurried through the door and asked the cashier, “Hey, I can’t think of the name of the soup that you drop an egg in to but I’d like a take-out order of that to go.”
I saw the confused look on the cashier’s face but a moment later with renewed confidence she deadpanned, “That’ll be an egg drop soup for you. Is there anything else that you don’t know the name of that I’ll be happy to remember for you?” Basket Lady burst out laughing and so did the breathless lady and cashier. Hmmm…does Basket Lady personally know someone who’s asked that egg drop soup question before?
A very special lady turned 80 on April 1 this year, no foolin'. Our dear Barbara “Jean” Smith celebrated her 80th birthday with 70 or more of her family and friends in attendance at the Region 9 conference center where she was never more in her glory walking around the room going from table to table with her halo intact as she greeted the guests.
I met three of Barbara’s sisters. June, I know from the Moving Freely classes. Virginia Burgess Stickney knits scarves/mittens and doilies for my basket projects. Another sister that I’d never met before introduced herself by teasing, “I love seeing my name in your column but I don’t do anything 'good' like my other sister’s do but my name really is Jean. June piped up, “At least she has a good name.”
“Jean” is a fun name that I gave to Barbara because I used to get her name mixed up with June’s when they sat next to each other in the Moving Freely classes. Thus, Jean merged with Barbara. Let me say without any doubt that the real “Jean” is a joy and has an excellent sense of humor.
Shirley did an awesome job of organizing Barbara’s surprise party and there was enough food to feed an Army. Barbara “Jean” bragged that she wasn’t dead yet. Of course, my friend that’s obviously true now but… (Tongue-in-cheek), I can give you six reasons why you’re not dead. Ready? Here goes:
1. You have more lap throws and seat cushions to make for the Rumford Falls Auditorium.
2. People are counting on you… for something.
3. Your life-cycle is still on the rinse-cycle.
4. You have not seen, heard or done enough to tell everybody about it yet.
5. Your waist is expanding while your mind is shrinking.
6. You have much more to give so long as you can afford it.
More importantly, Barbara Jean, you are fearless in the face of life’s challenges and you go after your life’s purpose with tenacity even when others don’t understand your courage. Thank you for being a friend. Yes, indeed, a very special lady is now eighty.
A big thank you to the following every day kindness angels:
Evelyn Arbor, Linda Dayon, Pam Kaubris, MBL Accounting & Associates, Yvette Martin. VIP Auto in Mexico, Jennifer Kreckel and office staff. Dr. Lee Kendall and office staff, Sonia Robinson, Ronda Thompson, Virginia B. Stickney, Cindrie Cormier, Rumford Hannaford Pharmacy, Scott Dening, Bethel Animal Hospital, Jolene Lovejoy, Carol Emery, RVHCC, Patty Duguay, the Penny angel, Wayne Sevigny, and the Moving Freely class participants.
Kindness not only counts but it adds up! Spring in the world! And all things are made new! -- Richard Hovey.
We surely do miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas!Until then, smile and live in the present!