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Doing Things the Old-fashioned Way


Upon our arrival home a few moments ago, we found the following note by our front door included in a nice little gift:

Hello Youngs!

I snuggled in bed yesterday a.m. longer than usual, enjoying the warmth of the down; but also thinking about shoveling. Having celebrated my 75th birthday this month and wondering why Ice Busters never called back after I talked with them in September. I decided to get up and do some snow removal myself. I “happened” to peer out my bedroom window to see Kent strolling away, with a shovel over his shoulder and, my walks and driveway were clear!

Thank you, thank you, thank you – I so appreciate your work, but it’s never expected, please know. Enjoy the spirits, both of you.

The note and gift were from one of our longtime neighbors. We share this, not out of boastful desire, but because Kent volunteered as an Ice Buster last year and was paired with a young, healthy, self-absorbed woman who was simply “too busy” to shovel her own walk. She was neither elderly or disabled, the criteria for qualifying for Ice Buster volunteer services. Kent did not re-up with Ice Busters this year. Instead, he is now relying on a much simpler and far more rewarding method of pairing up with someone in need of snow shoveling: look out for your neighbors.

The well meaning Ice Busters program is attempting to step in and replace what we have slowly lost over many years but is nevertheless still recoverable: our sense of community.

Here’s to looking out for your neighbor in 2011!

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