“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
- Charles Dickens (1812–1870), British writer and social critic
Darkness had fallen by the time I left the place where I routinely fill my car with petrol and headed home after a long work week in another county of the state.
At a stoplight where I made a righthand turn, just as I made the turn, I noticed a middle-aged woman in baggy clothes entering the crosswalk from the other side of the street. She was carrying shopping bags in each hand as she climbed the incline.