Last week, we heard all sorts of dire warnings about the coming of Winter Storm Jonas. Lines to Costco gas station spilled onto Edwards Ferry Road. Home Depot couldn’t keep their shovels stocked. And, milk?! Unless you had a resident cow, you wouldn’t be getting your calcium intake for a week!
Then, much to my shock…we actually got the forecasted storm. I was skeptical, right up until my car disappeared under the 5 foot drifts of snow, then I was just depressed. But, my daughter was thrilled. She yelled, “IT’S SNOWING, MOMMY!”, every five seconds to keep us updated, lest we somehow forget that the sky was indeed falling.
When we finally ventured outside on Sunday, it was a gorgeous sight. We drank it in for a few seconds, until it registered that we had to somehow shovel all billion feet of snow. After a few hours of back breaking work and unearthing about 6 feet of sidewalk, I was beginning to despair that we would ever finish.
Then, our neighbors began tumbling out of their houses and we all began to commiserate.
Living in surburbia, I’m one of those people who don’t really know my neighbors. When I’m outside, it generally means I’m running late (story of my life) and I’m barking at Miss A to stop dawdling. We wave as we’re getting into our car but never get beyond the obligatory, “hi! how are you?”
But, over the last four days, we’ve all been stuck in our homes. Seriously, we didn’t see a plow all weekend; and when a front end loaded finally arrived late Tuesday, he managed to make a path around our parking lot, shoving all the snow behind our cars. Then, once he duly insulated everyone behind a 6 foot wall of ice, he peaced out. Lovely!
So, everyone came together. Neighbors helped each other shovel. The one person who finally freed his car offered rides to anyone who needed supplies from the store. People shuttled food back and forth. Several very nice guys pushed my car out of its snowy grave. When two very helpful Bobcat operators finally came yesterday, all the guys pitched in to free the cars. Everyone was so kind and helpful.
Many times, I just keep my head down and rush through life. One glance at the newspaper, or an online comments’ section, or (heaven forbid) a community Facebook group, and you’re sure that the world is about to implode from nasty people.
How about you? Hopefully, all of you have stayed safe and warm during Snowzilla; and, even had a chance to get to give and receive some kindness in the midst of all the snow craziness!