For the first time in my life, I had the misfortune of locking my keys in my car. This happened on Sept. 30 during the height of the storm that brought high winds and torrential rains to the state. I had just come out of a store in Waterville and was wrestling with grocery bags. I inadvertently dropped my keys in the trunk, and then closed it.

While waiting for my husband to arrive with my spare keys, I re-entered the store and explained the situation to the cashiers, apologizing for having to wait inside for the next hour or so. One of the cashiers offered me a newspaper to read, which I gratefully accepted. When I had finished the paper, she brought me a magazine to look at.

These acts of kindness, though they may appear insignificant to some, meant so much to me. I do not know the name of the young woman who came to my aid, but I hope she will read this letter and know how much she brightened my dreary afternoon. I hope to spread a similar act of kindness to someone else in a time of need.

Pat Hunt


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