2015-04-30 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

by Mary Gallagher

•The forsythia and daffodils are in bloom and we have, for the most part, put away our winter coats. It’s time to start looking at our wardrobes to find clothing fit for spring and summer. When you do that, keep in mind the Good Samaritan Thrift Shop if you find things that are too big or too small or that just don’t appeal to your taste anymore.

This is one way to “pay it forward.” Many people will recognize this phrase, but for those who don’t, I’ll explain. A person is caught in some kind of predicament: had a flat in the middle of nowhere; found they’d left their wallet home after consuming a meal. Someone, frequently a stranger, may help by bringing you gas, or paying for your meal. You are grateful and want to pay them back. Instead, they tell you to pay it forward. They are suggesting that you help someone out who has found themselves in some predicament, without pay. Years ago the phrase was “simple acts of kindness.”

Thomas Weller of San Diego, a retired mechanic, regularly patrols the highways. If he sees someone in need of help, he stops and gives it to him. Then he gives them a card, asking them to do the same for someone in distress that they might encounter. Now, as the world is coming back to life after a long winter, why don’t you try to pay it forward?

•Nancy Swan’s family will hold a memorial service for Nancy’s many friends and neighbors at Christ Episcopal Church on Prospect Street and South Carll Avenue at 11 a.m. on Sat., May 9. The following day there will be a special “Nancy Swan Memorial Golf Tournament” held at the E. Donald Conroy Village Golf Course. Anyone interested in playing is welcome, we will make up foursomes as people arrive, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The course does charge a fee to play.

•Happy birthday to Gina Anderson!

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