The Basket Lady
Each day of the week has been filled with its share of sweet surprises for the Basket Lady.
In the Good Humor Town, life shows itself to us in a myriad of ways and our experiences are our dearest teachers.
Several weeks ago, Sandra Fuller donated various items from her home in Peru (autumn cleaning), and as I was merrily sorting through the goodies, a handmade quilt with eye-catching hues and shapes grabbed my attention.
As I looked it over, I thought, someone put a lot of love and work in to each and every stitch of this incredibly beautiful quilt.
I carefully refolded the quilt to put into a box when I noticed a list of quilters’ signatures on a corner of the quilt, circa 1994, from Dixfield and Peru.
Now on a mission, I immediately jumped into the red truck and headed off for the Town of Dixfield.
Three lovely ladies on duty at the town office seemed puzzled when they saw me walking in with a blanket or something to possibly sell or raffle off especially when a large sign on the door warns No Solicitation, asked in unison, “Can we help you?”
I handed the quilt over to the ladies and asked them if they recognized any of the names signed on the corner square.
Soon, a trio of ooh’s and aah’s followed as they fondly recalled the names of friends and relatives; standing together holding a piece of history in their hands that now has found a new home with the Dixfield Historical Society.
Sandra Fuller’s quilt donation may have taken a circuitous route to get to where it needed to be but I got to witness the happiness of three kind women who delighted in sharing a brief story of how the quilt of many colors came to be and about how neighboring townspeople came together to help “patch up” a difficult time for a friend/neighbor.
Friends, our towns really are about the people-keep on giving, keep on believing, and keep your dreams for a better tomorrow alive in your town.
More to improve and fewer to disapprove.
More doers and fewer talkers.
More to say it can be done
And fewer to say it’s impossible.
More to inspire others
And fewer to throw cold water on them.
More to get into the thick of things
And fewer to sit on the sidelines.
More to point out what’s right
And fewer to show what’s wrong.
More to light a candle
And fewer to curse the darkness.
Show someone a kindness in your town today.
We miss you every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile and live in the present.