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Conjuring our humanity…..

“We love you! We love you!” recalled Audrey Zabin in an interview on WBUR’s Kind World Series, “Remembering Karim: A Lifetime of Kindness.”   She was summoning the words of a Lebanese gentleman, Karim, who was an attendant at a nondescript gas station in Cambridge, MA.  Karim was an incredible man – part attendant, part therapist, part chef.   A deep listener.   Patrons at the gas station offered to help when Karim faced what would be a losing a battle with cancer.   A rent-free apartment soon appeared, one that was more accessible to the station.  So too, the funds required to return his body to Lebanon where his wife and children still remained.  Are there many people you know who would garner such support from relative strangers? Continue reading