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The Falk's Tests

The Falk’s Test

The Falk's Tests

It was February in New England, and the Blizzard of ’78 immobilized the entire region. Highways were shut, cars abandoned in helter-skelter fashion as the unsuspecting (yes, this was way before weather.com) fought snow-drifts on foot in the quest for safety. I was a young mother with two toddlers – no credit cards, PayPal, mobile banking, and ATM’s. There wasn’t even Google, WiFi, Facebook or other “social” stuff. Which made it worse because I didn’t have any milk, bread, or much of anything after days without power or heat. Hubby decided to venture “out.” He walked for 5 ½ miles in one direction to the country store: Falk’s Market in Plainville, MA. When he got there, Mr. Falk smiled,

“How’re you all doing – the wife, the kiddies?”

Hubby replied, “Look, I have to level with you. I have no cash, nothing but my kids and they’re going hungry.”

“Wait here,” Mr. Falk said.

He went into the back of his store and returned with a bag full of essentials: milk, bread, cold cuts, and fresh fruit. He handed the supplies to my hubby and said, “I know you’re good for it. And here’s a couple of lollipops.”

Mr. Falk has long since passed on. Years later when I question if someone is a “good” person, I still require them to pass the “Falk’s Test.” They must demonstrate wisdom, selflessness, and, in an unassuming manner, do the “right” thing without asking for or requiring a media blitz.

That’s what “good” people do. How about it? Could YOU pass The Falk’s Test?

Jo-Anne Lema

Plainville, Massachusetts
[267 words]

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