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Opinion

April 9, 2013

Thanks for a random act of kindness

To the editor:

I was in a serious car accident in the middle of the day, just before Christmas 2012. The car in which I was a passenger was struck head-on by a driver who had crossed over into our lane. The impact left me with a number of injuries. I was in a tremendous amount of pain, unable to breathe, in shock and couldn’t see well.

Several people stopped, and as we waited for the ambulance, I remember one woman in particular kept talking to me, reassuring me, calming me. I cannot tell you what she looked like and I have no way of identifying her, but I focused on her voice and it was so helpful. I wanted to find a way to thank her.

A few months later I joined a book club that meets at Mad Martha’s on Plum Island and we read the book “The Language of Flowers” by Cambridge author Vanessa Diffenbaugh. The book weaves a compelling story around the meaning of different flowers. One of the discussion questions was to create a bouquet for someone to whom you wish to send a message. Here is the one I created for this woman who was and is a stranger to me but whose voice and calm will stay with me always. Using the language of flowers defined by the book I would include:

Mustard: I am hurt

Petunia: Your presence soothes me

Bell Flower: gratitude

Pink Carnation: I will never forget you

Flax: I feel your kindness

Perhaps you could help me send my thanks for this stranger’s random act of kindness or perhaps get a message to others who have offered similar comfort.

Megan St. John

Newburyport

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