Hope and spring

Fri, 04/23/2021 - 10:45am

To the Editor,

After seeing Kerri Gaffett’s article “Hope, and spring, is in the air,” (BI Times, April 17, 2021), I was gladdened to find the accompanying photo of her dog, Winston.
I was yet again reminded of the benevolence he extended to me—the soulful look in his eyes—as I struggled to lay my troubles out to his guardian angel, for Kerri Gaffett is truly that.
It’s not hard finding the help you need in the small community of Block Island when you come up against it, a plumber, an electrician, the rescue squad. It’s what makes life here doable.
But it’s not easy when the trouble is in your head, the hardest part is picking up the phone.
It was my good fortune to reach out to Kerri Gaffett.
I had the normal suspicions and reticence when I walked into her island office above the post office.
I tried my go-to strategy of covering up my fear by questioning her competence if she thought she was strong enough to crack a tough nut like me, someone who’s been around the block more than once.
She didn’t flinch.
She never flinched, and neither did Winston.
Douglas Gasner
Block Island