Alice Coyle: Love thy neighbors with snow blowers

Alice Coyle

Winter got off to an early start dropping a foot of snow in my neighborhood Thursday afternoon giving my husband and 8-year-old son all they could handle shoveling our sizeable driveway. 

Despite my warning that we were, according to the weather pundits only a quarter of the way through the storm, which arrived hours before those same pundits had predicted, my husband and son still ventured out to clear the sloping pavement enough to get my car down the driveway and into our garage. 

Six more inches would fall and erase their labor but they were not thwarted by that inevitability. They were going to keep ahead of the storm and make later shoveling duties less demanding by lightening the snow load, somewhat.

When our neighbors across the street fired up their snow blower, my husband raised his head and lowered his shovel hoping that his exertions would soon come to an end. Surely after taking care of his own, much smaller driveway, our neighbor would do the neighborly thing and offer to help clear ours.