Letter: Season of thanks
Monday morning, power was out in several towns around Concord because of the strong winds we’d experienced overnight. I was traveling from the north to Concord on Interstate 93 when I stopped in Canterbury for gas. The orange warning light was on steady. When I reached the gas station, it was dark and the pumps could not operate. I held my breath and headed to a station in Boscawen but, alas, that town was also without power.
I went inside the station and asked the attendant for the police station number. She dialed it and handed me the phone. I asked the dispatcher for assistance since I was on my way to a state agency mediation and I was the mediator. There were a number of people waiting, and they had come from great distances.
A young man overheard my call and offered to go to his home and return with gasoline. He did so in record time. When he returned, I tried to thank him with money but he refused it. We exchanged a hug and he sent me on my way.
The successful mediation started just one-half hour late and a hearing was thus avoided. This good samaritan should know that I will find a way to send the good deed forward sometime during this season of thanks.
GAIL C. MORRISON