“I took my daughter to school down in Boston and got stuck for a few days because of the snowstorm right after New Year’s. My sons and husband were home alone; and low and behold I got a phone call from my 16-year-old to let me know he was “starving”. A relative term – given he had a full refrigerator, freezer and pantry to choose from – the missing component was the cook (AKA – me).
I assured him he would be OK; and told him there was a one hundred dollar bill his grandmother had given him for Christmas that he could use to go to the store, or order pizza, and I would reimburse him when I returned. It turned out he talked his older brother into driving him to Hannaford’s to get some food.
Fast forward a few days: I returned from Boston and asked my older son for the change from the hundred-dollar bill so I could reimburse his brother. He pulled five twenties from his pocket and handed them to me. When I asked how they spent no money at all, he got all upset because he realized the clerk had given him the wrong change from a self-service kiosk malfunction; he was supposed to get $30 back, but the clerk gave him $100!
I told my son not worry; that we would go to Hannaford’s to straighten it out. When we told the manager he said they’d closed out the books for the previous week and it would be a mess to try to straighten it out… so donate the $70 to a local food shelf (this is where the Haven comes in…).
Another day goes by, and when I went to pick my daughter up at a friend’s house my car slid into a snow bank and got me hopelessly stuck. As I got on the phone with AAA, a sanding truck drove by and I yelled out to the driver asking him if I could buy some sand. Instead, he sanded the entire area around the car, got out and threw some more sand under my tires, and I was out of the snow bank in no time! When I asked to reimburse him for the sand he said ‘No thanks, no problem’. I drove away thinking how lucky I was; and how nice it is to have people like that in our community.
I figure – in the spirit of paying it forward – I would have been thrilled to be rescued for $30; so let’s round out the $70 from Hannaford’s and make it an even $100!”
The Haven Through 40 Years
The Haven will commemorate its four decades of service to the region by releasing 40 stories of people, events, ideas, and services fundamental to our mission. We will be releasing these stories weekly, so check back often.