The Basket Lady
October has been a busy month filled with birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations and observances-lots of community inclusion. Basket Lady has attended many wonderful events but she can’t attend them all!
Just a sampling of the local goings on; Lil Poirier celebrated her 90th birthday with many family and friends in attendance and some people had second helpings of the delicious Hannaford baked (number 15), Bingo cake.
Our dear neighbor, Lorraine Nadeau, celebrated a birthday several weeks ago but age doesn’t slow her down a bit as she races to catch up with Lil. “Happy Birthday Lorraine and Happy New Year, Lil!” No, the Happy New Year to Lil is not a typing error-it’s an inside giggle between friends.
“Congratulations to Chris and Rhonda Shaw for 25 years of wedded blissfulness and may they have 25 years more!”
The Mexico Historical Society invited Gary Labbe and Kim Sequoia to be presenters at a recent monthly meeting held at the Calvin Lyons Hall and basket lady tagged along to experience an enchanted evening.
Gary Labbe shared the importance of Native story-telling among the various tribes and brought along beautifully crafted jackets and hand sewn clothes worn by Native Americans.
Kim Sequoia talked about the animal spirit gifts and brought along a turtle drum for sharing and when she taught them about the four winds and the circle of life that the natives cherish and feel are sacred to them for life-the people in the room were captivated.
It was a wonderful evening for sharing delicious food, being in the company of wonderful folks, seeing old friends and being a part of renewed knowledge and the pure exchange of open-ness among folks.
Peggy Hanly contacted the basket lady on behalf of a young family in need of housing, household items and general assistance so one of Dot’s everyday angels and I rolled up our sleeves and went right to work on gathering up items for a “starter” home along with a list of community resources as well as a care and comfort basket.
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A big “thank you” goes out to Dot’s every day kindness angels: Incognito angel that donated a pair of gloves in a red gift bag.
Joann and Norman Robichaud, Gerry Boivin, Vito and Jeanne Gaccetta, Rhonda Shaw, Peggy Hanly, Mexico Historical Society, Sue Ellen Richardson, Wendy Hebert, Dr. Neil Duvall and Shirley, Barbara Jean Smith, Carlo Puiia, a pair of special incognito angels, Jennifer Kreckel, Myrtle Milledge, Irene Haynes, Linda French, Greg and Donna Trundy, Patty Duguay, Neil Couture, and the River Valley Communities for your support.
Kindness not only counts but it adds up! We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile and live in the present.