Letters to the Editor

Fashion sense in the woods

Thank you for your Oct. 6 front-page placement of the splendid photograph of a generous citizen benefactor, 95-year-old Margaret Engstrom Quarles, being pulled through the Engstrom Open Space by four exemplary city employees: Parks Director Bruce Fletcher, parks natural resource coordinator, Paul West, Alaine Sommargren and Jon Errenfeld, who are portrayed pulling and pushing Margaret in her wheelchair up the steep wooded trail.

The article even offers us a bit of fashion awareness. It tells us that Margaret is wearing a periwinkle-hued pant suit with matching earrings. I noted that a matching periwinkle-colored strap is pulling the wheelchair and Paul, holding the reins, also appears to be dressed in a coordinated periwinkle print shirt. These are very discerning people.

For my part, I immediately recognized a replication of a classic Baroque painting in the arrangement of the persons toiling up the slope, conveying the queen to the heights in her chariot, surrounded by her attendant angels.

On a serious note, I suggest that the city enlarge this wonderful photograph and hang it either in the lobby of City Hall or the Parks Department as an inspiration to other Mercer Island citizens who may be motivated to emulate the Engstrom/Quarles’ generous contributions to the city and its citizens. In these days of belt tightening, remember what Blanche Dubois said, “I have always relied on the kindness of strangers.”

Marguerite Sutherland

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