The way this schitzophrenic spring has been — windstorm for 10 minutes, followed by rain, followed by thunder, with an occasional cloud break to catch a few glimpses of that fire ball in the sky that I seem to recall seeing when I was child — I hesitated writing anything to suggest that winter is over for fear of a retaliatory strike.
But I’m going out on the limb to say that I think winter is finally behind us and hopefully I won’t jinx us by talking about a great video that a Kent State Student compiled that takes a closer look at the challenges (and heroes) of Kent’s citizen sidewalk shoveling brigade.
Ok, brigade might suggest an army of sidewalk shovelers out there and that’s still a bit of an overstatement, but take heart, as this video points out, there’s definitely some home town heroes that don their green beret ski caps, mittens and gloves as they brave winter’s worst to make sure their neighbors can safely get where they need to go using their two feet, rather than four wheels.
It’s too bad that the spirit behind earning merit badges for civic duty seems to have gone out of style with Opie in Mayberry because honestly, being a good neighor today is still as important as it ever was.
By the end of winter, shoveling the driveway, much less the sidewalk, is one of the last things any of us want to do but its no less important than shoveling those first flakes that floated blissfully to a stop on the stoop.
I know that I do shovel because it feels good to do something good for someone else without any strings attached — and so do the good Kent folks in this video.