The Basket Lady
Our dear departed Dot Sanchas was born on the fourth of November. She loved yellow roses.
We were having a conversation one afternoon in the kitchen at the Free Store; Dot used to joke that the kitchen was her “therapy room.” Her eyes began to water as she wistfully revealed, "my mother’s favorite flower was a yellow rose. Before she died, she placed a yellow rose in my hand and I’ve had it tucked away in my Bible for many years, that’s why I love yellow roses."
After that, every November the fourth, I brought a single yellow rose in a vase to her on her birthday to the Free Store. Where else would she be?
I just know that Dot is rejoicing with the angels, celebrating, in a timeless heaven.
In a recent conversation with my friend, Barbara “Jean,” she was proudly telling me about the time when Dot managed a brood of children, taught exercise classes for women and home economics classes in the downstairs basement of an old two story house and “never missed a beat.”
I wasn’t surprised a bit to hear another story about Dot’s selfless devotion of service and occasionally, a complete stranger will seek me out through the Basket Lady connection to let me how much they miss seeing her smiling face whenever they go to the Free Shop.
Several years ago, Irene Haynes, in remembrance of Dot Sanchas, held a food drive to give a Thanksgiving turkey basket to a family in need along with an attached note of appreciation to Dot and a dozen artificial yellow roses.
Today, I received an e-mail message from Irene about a guardian angel. It goes like this:
A is for always thinking of others.
N is for numerous kind acts.
G is for going above and beyond
E is for endless devotion.
L is for how much you are loved!
Our guardian angel dancing among the yellow roses!
Okay, now on with the ABC’s of Faith: Practice kindness, be quick to listen; and rejoice.
The class of life’s lessons 101 is in session. Students sit up straight and tall in your seats. The pop quiz could come at any time. Pay attention, please!
A heartfelt thank you to the following angels in training for showing a kindness:; Judy Pelletier and grandson, Thomas; Cindrie Cormier and Becky Skibitsky; Gail Thompson; Pat Pineau; Lorraine Nadeau; Dr. Dieter Kreckel; Dr. Jeffrey Lynds; Dr. Larry Hopperstead; Dr. Neil Duval; Jeffrey Leonards; Sue Ellen Richardson; Robin Andrews; Sandra Witas; Mandy, Medical Intern; Suddie and SRHCC nursing staff; Evelyn Swan; Ellen Snow; Barbara “Jean” and Albert Smith; Jennifer Kreckel; Richard Hutchins and Lem Cissel.
Kindness not only counts but it adds up! We miss you every day, Dot Sanchas!
Until then, smile and live in the present.