Foul-Weather Friends

Winter’s almost over. In fact if you live where I do, it feels like winter’s been over for about four months already. But for those of you who got hit with that widespread snow dump on the weekend – well, winter still knows how to get all up in your business, doesn’t it?

Snow can be a mess, a chore, a pain in the frozen behind. Or it can be an occasion to lend a helping hand to someone in your community. My friend Jill, a busy single mom, looked outside at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday to find her driveway plowed clear, her car brushed clean of snow and her front steps shovelled into pristine condition.

Now Jill could appreciate her neighbours and Mother Nature. “After 15 cm of snow it was wonderful to wake up to all the white and my clean driveway!” she wrote with gratitude on Facebook that morning. In fact, Jill was downright cheering: “I am very lucky!!! I can head to my couch with tea and a book. I have an extra 1/2 hour to myself!!! Yeah!” (Note: No exclamation marks have been harmed in the making of this blog post.)

As someone who prizes hot drinks and literature, I could almost imagine myself curled up on the easy chair next to Jill’s couch. Bliss. When a kind deed can make someone feel this good, we call it mileage. Pass it on.

Small girl in a back yard with a giant snowball.

Finding the meaning in all the white stuff.

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