Thu, 12/26/2019 - 7:45pm

A heartfelt thank you

To the Editor:

This is an open letter to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, who delivered a Christmas basket to my house recently.

Dear Ladies,

Henry and I live on Old Mill Road. Alone now for some years. We have our habits. His dog-door, in a nook beside the refrigerator, is always open, and he goes in and out when it suits him. Henry, by his own choosing, spends most of each night alone on his bed in the kitchen. Then sometime well before first light he pads upstairs, jumps up on my bed and snuggles down for what’s left of darkness. We usually continue sleeping that way until day break. This time, however, when Henry stuck his nose close to mine I woke to a strong whiff of cookies. Sneaking food is not Henry’s way. As I said, we have our habits, and I pretty well know his. But this strong whiff suggested a different story. The thought had me up in a minute, in my bathrobe, and downstairs to check on things. Light from a full moon reflecting off new snow flooded the kitchen. And there on a counter with your card, was the budding amaryllis plant and the basket of fresh fruit just as I’d left them after their surprise appearance inside my kitchen door. And right beside them was the heaping plate of variegated homemade Christmas cookies quite untouched — except for the few that Henry and I  had treated ourselves to at bedtime. What a relief. I felt ashamed to have worried and want you to know that your attention to an elderly gent found a welcome, grateful and well ordered home.

The full moon, the snow, the time of night, my sense of relief joined to make that interlude very special. I might have missed it but for that whiff of cookie with which Henry woke me — my madeleine, my Proust moment? I made myself a cup of tea, sat and gazed a while in contented wonder out toward the west where the full winter moon hung a hand or two above the horizon, quietly infusing the silent night. The contrast with the previous day’s loud rancor and personal rudeness broadcast from Washington, was palpable. It sung to me in a voice that I like to imagine animated you Auxiliary Ladies to harness the imagination of so many cookie bakers, and steer the fingers of the little hands that decorated the cards announcing your thoughtful gesture. If only a whiff of that goodness and concern for the feelings of others with which Henry wakened me this morning could be imparted in like spirit to those who contend in Washington we might better make it, with some civility, through another holiday season. 

Henry and I thank you ladies for your help in that endeavor here at home on this little island. God Bless!

P. S. Wood  

Old Mill Road


Help Pete Mott

To the Editor:

We would like to echo the sentiments of previous letters regarding the invaluable service provided by Peter Mott. He has rescued us on several occasions when breakdowns occurred. Peter responded promptly and took care of things in a timely manner.

The town should assist him in any way possible to find a suitable location to conduct his business. The timely removal of disabled, wrecked and junk cars is needed to address safety and environmental concerns. The town needs to have a clear policy that starts with having a towing service available and a location for storage.

Amy and Fred Knous

Portland, Conn.


Donate blood, save a life

To the Editor:

Hopefully you have all had a happy holiday season. And, hopefully you are ready to start the new year correctly by donating blood. The first drive of 2020 is on Thursday, Jan. 2.  It will run from 1 to 5 p.m. at Harbor Baptist Church. Some of you have had babesiosis and were told you could no longer donate. That restriction has been lifted so that if two years have passed since your diagnosis, you may donate again. Here are some other things to keep in mind: Over 200 donations need to be collected in R.I. each day.

Your donation helps babies, children, and adults who are:

- Battling leukemia, cancer, and blood disorders.

- Need organ transplants and other surgeries.

- Suffering trauma and severe burns.

Please keep these things in mind:

- Anyone 17 and over may give with no cutoff.

- Age 16 can give with parent’s permission.

- Those who have had Lyme may be able to give.

- Bring a photo ID.

Call (401) 453-8307 if you have a question about eligibility.

To make an appointment, visit ribc.org.

Let’s get the year 2020 off to a wonderful start.

Many thanks.

Peter Greenman, Coordinator

Rhode Island Blood Center