Letter to the Editor: An act of kindness in a time of uncertainty 

To the Editor: 

The last few months have been troubling, to say the least. For my family, the global pandemic started out as terrible news in a country across the globe. I felt sorry for the people of China. The true scope of the virus became more real as a large outbreak was reported in Washington state. Recently with the news of all the deaths in New York and the spread into Maine and cases in Hancock county, my family and I have become alarmed and are hunkered down and avoiding social contact as much as possible. One way we escape is to walk our dogs. Last week we walked them up to our family cemetery plot in Center Cemetery in Seal Cove where my grandparents and my parents are buried. We were shocked to see that the frost had toppled my parent’s gravestone upside down. The granite stone weighs somewhere north of 500 pounds, so Kathy and I could not budge it. Ordinarily I could have made a few calls and had half a dozen of my young, strong friends up and we could have stood it up. Social distancing presented that as a problem. I sent a text to Andy Butler, the man in charge of the cemetery, and asked when the road gate would be open up so I could get a machine in to stand mom and dad’s stone up. He indicated that due to the softness of the road, it would be a while. Dejected and saddened by this turn of events, we went home. This only added to the sadness we were feeling with the current situation of the pandemic. I received a message from Mr. Butler yesterday that he had gone up and used his skills as a mason to employ planks, pulleys and sheer determination to set the stone back in place. When I asked how my family could ever thank him, he replied, I liked your parents, and this is how I was brought up; to help when I can. This is a shining example of how acts of kindness can help bring light and hope into these troubled times. This seemingly small act shows the true generous, kind spirit of local men and woman. 

Mr. Butler has encouraged me to go out and help when and where I can as, even in the darkest of times, small rays of light can bring comfort and hope. 


Carlton Johnson 




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