The Basket Lady
New England foliage… Emily Jane Bronte, English poet (1818-48), penned the following poem with simplicity and grace. “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, Fluttering from the autumn tree.”
Since we’re well on our way into October, a few fun facts about the tenth month come to mind: for every fog in October, a snow in the winter. The eighteenth of the month is a full hunter’s moon and for best flavor, dig horseradish during a full moon; and the thirty-first of October is obviously Halloween with its ghost of a flower known as Indian Pipe, a forest dweller that lacks chlorophyll and through its roots, the white plant steals the nutrients from a soil fungus that partners with nearby trees.
Recently, while downtown waiting my turn to order a deliciously hot cup of Dunkin, I observed a young fellow out for a morning stroll with his properly leashed petite black and white dog- they walked down the sidewalk toward Rite Aide just as happy as two peas in a pod, stopping long enough to pick up doggie poop that he put into the baggies that he brought along- doggie poop that was on the sidewalk before he got there with his little one. While the rest of us were up and out hoping to get our morning cup of coffee or being busy with life, that fellow was blessing our community with his right actions of helpfulness.
Another every day hero, Kevin Saisi, frequently can be seen downtown voluntarily sweeping off and removing litter, cigarette butts, and leaves from sidewalks and the entry ways of vacant buildings as he gladly pushes his cart up and down the street just doing good deeds for our town.
The good folks at the Rumford Public Library have a decorated box sitting on the book table to the right as you come in the door and if memory serves correctly, Candice Casey is on a mission to collect old and new money saving store coupons to send to the families of soldiers actively serving our Nation and basket lady is asking for your support with this worthy project as it only takes a few minutes of your time to cut out coupons and perhaps a church group or a student community service group could take that on as a project and collect box LOADS of coupons to send to our soldiers families! Wouldn’t that be wonderful? It’s a good way to get folks to go to the library-speaking for myself, of course.
Ladies! Basket lady is pleased to welcome and endorse, “I’L B FIT Exercise Room for Women,” located on 60 Lowell St., suite 210, Rumford, right across the street from Dunkin in the old bag mill. Owners and coaches, Ivy L. Benner and Cindy Freeman, offer affordable membership fees daily, weekly, and monthly as well as an open gym fee of $5 per use plus yoga classes taught by the dynamic Sandee Conley. For more information, call 809-3144 or e-mail: email@example.com and Ivy or Cindy will get back to you right away.
The following everyday earthly angels have shown a kindness in word or by deed and are a constant reminder of the heavenly presence in our lives: Judy Pelletier, Joshua at Mexico Circle K, Vito Gaccetta, Joyce Saisi, Lil Rose Poirier, Sally Theriault, Isaac Seigle, Wayne Sevigny, and Wendy Lindbergh.
Kindness not only counts but it adds up. We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile and live in the present.