To the editor:
At a time when most of the news we see is of tragedies or otherwise a torrent of negatives, it is important to acknowledge the “random acts of kindness.” I experienced just such a few days ago.
I had gone about 4 miles down Damariscotta Lake from Jefferson and was fishing in The Narrows at the edge of the big weed bed. Dusk was coming on, so I figured it was time to go home. But I could not get the motor to start, despite having no problem getting there earlier. The prospect of paddling the boat, using one oar on either side alternately, with no lights, was daunting to say the least!
Fortunately, a young couple was also fishing less than 80 feet from where I was. I called to them, saying, “I may need some help.”
“Want a tow?” was the response.
“I guess I’d better,” I replied.
We used my anchor rope as the line and graciously they towed me all the way back until I could secure the boat and get home, refusing even gas money. They also said this was their first time on the boat, which fortunately had a light. I hope and presume they made it safely back to Damariscotta Mills, from whence they had come.
This fine young Maine couple is Colt Benner and his new bride as of June, whose name I regret that I forgot. But a salute to them both for being so kind and willing to help a stranger to them. Once again, “Maine, the way life should be!”