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Amid our new reality, a small act of kindness

The scene: Market 32 (f.k.a. 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 speciality-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

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Originally published in The Commons issue #554 (Wednesday, March 25, 2020). This story appeared on page B2.

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