It was three years ago today that the events below occurred. Far and away, this post reached more people than any before it, or after. Admittedly, it’s a “feel good” story – in large part because it’s a hope-filled story of how a few young men chose to serve their neighbors in love (Galatians 5:13). May we do likewise!
I was about half-way through removing ~15 inches of snow from my driveway when I heard a voice from behind me (or did it come from heaven?) say, “Do you mind if I help?” When I turned around, there was my 13-y/o neighbor, Matthew, with shovel in hand. Hmmm – did I mind? That would be, “NO, I don’t mind!” 🙂 We worked together for a while, chatting the whole time. I found out he wants to be a writer, he loves classic rock and he plays the guitar. Within 15 minutes, out came two more neighbor boys, Nate, also 13, and Jackson, 10. (Anybody else having visions of Tom Sawyer and a white fence)?
Together, we knocked out my drive in no time. And then the most amazing thing happened – THEY, whose collective ages don’t match mine, decided we should do the widow’s drive next door, and then the guy who is dying of cancer at home, and then the elderly couple across the street on the corner. Folks, I saw and heard them turn down money from those willing to pay. The 10 year-old gave the best reply imaginable – “no thank you ma’am, I want to do this for you.”
My back, shoulders, arms and legs all hurt after those 4 driveways – but my heart was sure warmed by these young men. Best snow crew in town! –Dave
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