letter to the editor

A random act of kindness

Sun, 11/22/2020 - 8:15am
Dear Editor,
On a recent cold blustery day right before the election, I was working as a volunteer to clean-up annuals around the Roundabout at the Boothbay Common.  A car I didn’t recognize pulled up right behind mine, and a woman I don’t know got out.  I was a little concerned because not everyone has liked the Roundabout,  it was right before a contentious election, and during the pandemic so I was thinking anything could happen.  
To my complete surprise this woman was holding a hot chocolate and a donut.  Evidently, she had driven by me and thought I must be cold (I was), and she decided to do something about it and went to Dunkin’ Donuts to purchase these items and bring them to me. I was so overwhelmed by this simple act of kindness from a stranger, I thanked her but am very sorry I didn’t get her name. 
This exchange has stayed with me ever since,  demonstrating the goodness of people in our Region and the impact of a simple act of kindness.  I have made a goal to do this myself whenever I can … it was amazing to be the recipient that particular day, and it feels just like that to be the giver.  A big thank you to that very thoughtful woman who stopped, you know who you are!  
Susan Whitehouse
Landscape Committee Co-Chair
Town of Boothbay