I’m pleased to announce that Carla of Carla’s Cuties won the fortune cookie writing contest in my previous post. All of the cookie messages were great though and the comments have been revealed so you can see all the entries. Carla was given the choice of any of my pay patterns as a prize. She chose the Crocodile Stitch Fish Tie/Applique so she would have a project to practice that stitch!
I’ve seen her work – it is fabulous – so I have no doubt that she will have it mastered in short order.
And now I’d like to talk a little bit about some other winners in my book. I’m talking about the associates and customers of Market Basket. For those of you who don’t know about it, Market Basket is a local grocery store chain, headquartered in my state of Massachusetts. It’s been a family owned business and a staple to the community for many years- offering lower prices to customers and decent jobs to the associates. But recently, the chain has been all but shut down over internal fighting within the family that owns it. What I think makes the associates and customers winners, is the solidarity they’ve been showing in boycotting the chain and it’s Board of Directors’ horrible decisions. Now I know there are two sides to every story and that in any conflict there is not always necessarily a “good guy” and a “bad guy,” not to mention we will never know all the facts in this case regarding the family feud. Regardless, the associates and customers have made their demands known, have successfully and non-violently banded together along with service providers and delivery personnel and vendors and business partners, going without paychecks, receiving reduced hours of employment, or spending more money to shop elsewhere. They are doing this without any union.
I drove by one of the local Market Basket’s the other day and before I got there, I already had it in my mind that there was no way that the people in this area, a moderate to lower income region, would be able to go without their beloved Market Basket. But as I got into view of the market and saw the empty parking lot and the 9 or 10 associates with their picket signs outside the store, it was all I could do to keep from tearing up. I was so proud of the associates for sticking to their principles and demands. I was overcome with a feeling of comradery with all the other customers who chose NOT to shop there during this time, paying higher prices elsewhere to show their support. I drove closer to the associates and rolled down my window to ask if there had been any news and was told by a determined yet hopeful woman that no, there was no news yet. Then I asked if she and her fellow associates needed anything, as it was getting close to lunch time. I would have at that moment, found a way to bring them all something to eat and drink. She told me they were “all set” and thanked me and smiled. So I honked my horn in support, rolled up my window and drove home from that empty lot with hope in my heart too.
If you’d like to know more, I think this article does a much better job of explaining why this is so important right now, not just for Massachusetts but for the whole U.S.