Ohio gets snow, sometimes a lot of it, but most of the snow usually falls to the east and/or south of me. This time, I got all of it. I shoveled my drive 3x Friday, about 4-6" each time. By the time my puppy had to do her last night piddle, the snow was so deep she got buried in snow. She and I agree winter sucks. Saturday, the snow was deeper than my knee boots are tall. I repeatedly worked up a sweat while simultaneously freezing.
I stare out the window and type very few words, hypnotized by fat, spiraling snowflakes. Griping about shoveling is just recreational. The weather report said I'm not getting a thaw before Monday to erase all this white stuff. I had to shovel it, and I accepted that. It's my winter exercise plan. The sore knot in my shoulder is just a reminder that I'm healthy enough to move mountains, or in this case, create 5' mountains of white matter.
I watched my neighbors handling their snow problems. A teenaged boy tentatively poked at the stuff and weakly tossed a couple cups worth of snow onto the pile, resting for a few minutes before doing it again. His dad cleared yards in the time the kid did a foot. Meanwhile, the woman next to them spent hours with her snow blower. She was extra considerate and neat. My crabby neighbor actually joked with me while we shoveled. A guy drove down the road with a plow, saw me shoveling, and cleared the apron of my drive. Bless that guy. I'm not even sure who he is, but he seemed to think my grateful wave of thanks was payment enough for his kindness.
The roads were awful when all this snow was coming down, and I didn't have a choice about being in the mess. People were understanding and resigned. Someone got stuck, and a woman jumped out of her car and helped push, leaving her car in the middle of the backed up street. Nobody honked. I think we were all glad helping each other still exists.
Lately, I've seen too much in the news about how divided the US is. I've been appalled at how many people want women barefoot and pregnant and how some people talk so hatefully about women, minorities, and gay people. Get rid of environmental protections, public school, and overtime pay. Yet, there are still people willing to help a stranger stuck in snow. Just as more people voted for Clinton in the election, I have to think that most people are decent and cooperative.