The Basket Lady
In the Good Humor Town, you can meet most anyone in the most unexpected places, for example; while walking down the hallway to begin my volunteer rounds as a patient visitor at the Rumford Hospital, two lovely sisters, Sara and Katrina were standing at the elevator and to my joyful surprise realized that they were back in town.
We only had time for a brief chat but we didn’t need a lot of time to pick up and carry on a conversation just like we’ve done over the years and before long, Dot Sanchas name came up and I shared that I was still volunteering as the Basket Lady and carrying forth the basket projects that their beloved grandmother started many years ago. They left with a smile on their faces before they went their merry way.
A friend from Wilton had some leftover’s from a lawn sale and called me up to come and get them but before he had me load up the truck, wanted to know more about the good works of my mentor, Dot Sanchas.
I tried (in vain) to sum up in one hour, Dot’s basket projects over the years and how her kindness touched the lives of thousands of people in a myriad of ways and how she lived a full life of passion and compassion for others while doing her “good works.”
That afternoon, I left with a truck full of goodies that were donated to individuals and families in need in the River Valley.
Friends, let kindness and good works guide your life everyday even if others don’t understand what you are doing. Do it anyway.
Follow the message of John Wesley, a Methodist minister:
Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can , At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.
Kindness not only counts but it adds up!
Basket Lady theme: Get a basket-Give a basket.
We miss you every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile and live in the present.