The Basket Lady
This blessed week from near and far, brought unexpected basket donations, greeting cards, soaps/shampoos, dish cloths, and some unusual knick-knacks for basket lady’s free personalized gift baskets.
A surprise care package from Margaret came in the mail from South Carolina yesterday and what a treat that was. She’s been one of my best friend’s for nearly 4 decades after we met as undergraduate freshmen at Lander College; a time in our lives when a campus of 4,000 students scared us to death so we hung out and watched over each other and here we are, 40 years later, still loyal best friends and we’ve never missed honoring each other’s birthday or Christmas. Margaret sent the package of goodies beautifully arranged in a basket in support of the basket lady-a true friend.
Debbie Brown, an employee at the Oxford Federal Credit Union, called with news of some items that she’d collected and even offered to bring the baskets, greeting cards, glass vases, candles, and pins after she got off work. Debbie’s kindly remembered the Basket Lady when donations are most needed.
Barbara “Jean” Smith stopped by and hauled a tote filled with baskets, and various bath/ toiletry items huffing and puffing up the front stairs with a big smile on her face. Barbara’s going to get her sewing machine out soon and stitch up some more lap throws and seat cushions for the chairs in the Rumford Falls Auditorium, fun stuff that she loves doing because it’s a labor of love in service to the community. Barbara’s tote from VetsFirst.org has a profound saying printed on the front: May your days be many- Your troubles few. Your loved ones safe, and…Your friends all true.
The following every day kindness angels deserve a round of applause for showing a kindness in word or deed: Penny angel, Jennifer Kreckel, Two special angels, Joyce Saisi, Mary Greany, Evelyn Arbor, Moving Freely participants, Jane Bubar, Wayne Sevigny, Reggie Arsenault, Patty Duguay, Virginia Burgess Stickney, Louise Marcellino, Dr. Jeffrey Leonards, Katie Sirois, and Lil (Happy New year!).
Friend, show someone your kindness today.
Be healthy, be happy and be kind. We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile and live in the present.