Neighborly Snow Shoveling
--by janmacfar, posted Dec 7, 2020
I live in a condominium. My neighbors and I park in an outdoor parking lot. I haven't been able to go anywhere since last Friday, because my car, and everyone else's, are buried in snow.
The snow moving equipment was able to get through Wednesday afternoon and clear a path down the aisles between the rows of cars. We had to shovel out our own cars, though. I have a little red plastic shovel, and it took me 1-1/2 hours to clear off my car and shovel snow from around it.
I headed back into my condominium feeling pretty great about being free again. My neighbour was at her doorway, so I stopped and chatted. She had numerous ailments and was not strong or well. She said she needed to get out, but she hadn't been able to shovel out her car yet. She thought the snow moving crew would come back and finish the job for her. I nodded that they likely would, but I knew they wouldn't. We live in a big city, and removal crews don't have time to shovel out individual cars.
So, last night after dark, I headed out with my little red plastic shovel, cleared off her car, and shoveled the snow away from around it. It only took an hour because her car is smaller than mine.
I had to take pain killers last night so I could sleep. Five months ago, I broke my shoulder and pulled muscles in my back. I have healed well and I have mobility back, but all the shoveling was just a little too much strain on it.
It was alll good this morning, though. Even better, when I looked out my window, I could see tracks in the snow where my neighbour had been able to just hop in her car this morning and drive away. Doing good feels good