Osa Flory: Celebrating a community of caring people

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Celebrating a community of caring people

We are so lucky to live in a community where residents are glad to be of help to each other.

As I, at age 74, was walking down Gothic Street with an overload of casseroles in my arms, headed for the Interfaith Homeless Shelter, I asked a young woman to help. She not only grabbed one of the dishes, but also offered to return to my car to get the remaining food.

She confided that she volunteers at a women’s shelter.

This week, my Northampton League of Women Voters team were all retired folk. Three of us were recovering from leg and arm breaks/operations. We can still cook and serve; sometimes we took turns sitting down for a minute.

Perhaps because of our age, our generation follows rules and we expect the guests at the shelter to follow them as well. When I asked guests if they felt we were too strict, they laughed and told us they love us. Maybe we reminded some of the guests of their grandmothers. Maybe they agree rules serve a purpose.

Returning to my car, the pots and pans were still heavy. Again, when I asked a young man to help, he left his three friends on the street and grabbed the pots; I now had a free hand to unlock the car.

So I sang him a line from an old song: “It’s so nice to have a man around the house.” We parted smiling. The homeless need help, but they are not the only ones.

Osa Flory


The writer is a member of the Northampton Area League of Women Voters.