I’m not a fan of winter. Especially winter 2022. These huge temperature swings are driving me crazy. One day we get a foot of easy-to-move fluffy white snow and another day we get a mixture of snow, rain and sleet that hardens like concrete.
I went out on Saturday morning after the nasty mix of everything to clean up what the plow left at the end of the driveway and to dig up my mailbox.
You probably noticed that if you had to clean up the remnants of that last storm, a shovel wasn’t going to cut it. Even a snowblower would have a hard time chewing this concrete.
After 30 minutes of using the shovel as an ice chipper trying to break up the snow into something I could pick up, a truck with a plow attached to the front pulled up next to the mailbox. A man came out and asked if I would mind if he clarified this for me. “I saw you struggle with that,” he said. “There’s no way you’re going through this. It’s like concrete.”
I said I would love it if he cleaned it up and before I could even ask how much it would cost he said “No charge. Just neighbors helping neighbors”, and jumped in the truck and not only took care of the concrete – like the snow at the end of the driveway, he cleared the entire driveway as well as the mailbox.
When he was done, I walked up to him in the truck. “Are you sure I can’t give you something?” I asked. He always refused. I asked what his name was and he said Bill… Billy.” He also gave me his last name, but of course I’ve forgotten it now.
I thanked Billy profusely as he walked away, walking down my driveway admiring the job that only took him a few minutes, as opposed to the hours of work it would have taken me to clear him.
So consider that a public thank you Billy. Your generosity is the reason why, despite my fear of winter, I have lived here in Maine all my life. It’s the people. You said it best. “Neighbors helping their neighbors.” That’s the perfect definition of Maine.
So if you know a Billy from Windham who plows, tell him I thanked him. He made my day.
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