The Basket Lady
As summer moves on, so do acts of kindness and the River Valley communities are invited to the sheltering Wing’s open house and Sunday noontime luncheon at the former Peru Elementary School, July 14, hosted by Brenda Swan and volunteers of the Sheltering Wing. Please mark your calendars and come to the open house and see what the Sheltering Wing offers to families/children in need and bring along a package of diapers or a small donation for their most urgent diaper drive.
Several months ago, Basket Lady was in the What Not Shop looking around for some large baskets when a tiny blue book titled, On Kindness: written by Rev. J. Guibert in 1947, was spotted on a table with a bunch of magazines partially covering it but the blue book grabbed my attention; the baskets were quickly forgotten as I rushed up to the counter to pay for my new found treasure.
Reverend J. Guibert described kindness like this: “Even as a flower unfolds its petals to the rising sun, or as a bud opens under the soft breath of spring, so does the heart open to kindness. When we are sad the mere seeing of a kind face cheers us; when we are worried or anxious, a kind and encouraging word is often all that is needed to ease our minds; when tortured by fear for our future, a self-sacrificing act of kindness on the part of some friend makes us realize that we have still something to lean upon, and confidence is born anew within us. Kindness makes life bearable.”
Isn’t it amazing that Rev. J. Guibert’s thoughts about kindness still ring true 66 years later? Our dear Dot Sanchas would’ve loved that book, On Kindness. To me though, she was the original author of the book on kindness and she gave back to our community to make the world a little kinder. There’s a Kind Movement, which is happening right now that’s inspired thousands of unexpected acts of kindness around the world. Join up! It’s free! Just Google: www.kindsnacks.com/world.
Basket lady wants to send thoughts and prayers to the following every day kindness angels: Dr. Robert Saisi, Brenda Espinoza, Jennifer Kreckel and family, Tootie Hines, Lucy Gilbert and family, Gerry Boivin and family.
A really big round of applause for a job- well done to Dan “the man” Frazel-a really hard worker and a hearty thanks to Dr. Jeffrey Lynds, SRHCC staff and nurses, and Mtn. View Eye Care.
We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas. Until then, smile and live in the present!