Letter to the editor

Wednesday August 10, 2022

Dear Editor, 

On Wednesday, July 20th,

I was at the check out at a grocery store in Georgetown. (Crosby’s). I was paying with my debit card and it was rejected. In fact it was rejected three times because of a “bad PIN”. Yes, very embarrassing. I began taking the water and birdseed I was trying to purchase out of the bag and back on the checkout counter when the man behind me said, “It’s ok, I’ll take care of that”. 

I looked at him and said, “That’s very nice of you but I’ll call the bank to see what happened to my PIN and come back for this later”.

He insisted, saying “No, please let me do this for you”.

I could tell by his kind eyes, smile and voice that he really meant it. Not because he was annoyed that I was taking too much time so I said, “Well that’s so nice of you! Thank you very much” !

My water and birdseed were added to his purchase. He truly looked a little familiar to me so I asked if he was from Lynn. He looked surprised and answered “Yes! I live in Groveland now but I come from Lynn”. I said, “I’m in Georgetown now but I’m from Lynn too! 

I asked, “Did you go to Lynn Tech”?

Again with a surprised look he answered, “Yes”! I said “So did I”!

We went through graduation years, family that went to Lynn Tech, the area we lived in Lynn, and family names but nothing matched except for an Uncle who went to that school who I didn’t know. 

As we left the store, I thanked him again and told him it was such an awesome thing he did to help me out and that it made my whole WEEK! Then we each drove away. 

I got his first name but my memory isn’t what it used to be. (See above: “PIN”). But … 

Hopefully he’ll read this and he’ll know that he’s a wonderful human being and I hope there are so many more people like him in this world! 

And maybe someone else will read this and help a random person in line who can’t remember their PIN. 


Very, truly, sincerely,
Virginia Howard
Georgetown, Massachusetts

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