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Letter: Small acts of kindness make a difference

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Editor of the Reformer,

The scene: Market 32 (aka Price Chopper), Tuesday, March 17, the baking aisle. I'm standing in front of an apparently empty flour section. Stooping down I spy a large bag of specialty brand flour in the back of a lower shelf. Flour is on my shopping list, but I quickly decide I don't really need it.

Just then another woman appears, initially dismayed at the empty shelves. I point out the large, almost hidden bag and she goes for it. We begin a friendly chat (at a safe distance, of course) when a younger women arrives, crestfallen at the now barren shelves. She laments that she needs to bake cupcakes for her little daughter's birthday. The owner of the last bag of flour quickly offers it to her. After a little back and forth of "no you had it first, no you take it please" the mother of the birthday girl gratefully accepts.

We linger a while longer, three women sharing a moment of our new collective reality. Small acts of kindness make a big difference, every day, but especially now.

Connie Baxter

Dummerston, March 20



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