"Have you thought about writing your family history, but found yourself stuck from the start? Writing a family narrative can be a daunting task, but Karen Jones Gowen found a way to bring her mother's story to life." (Homespun Magazine)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SNOW and Service

A few days before Thanksgiving we got SNOW. Lots and lots of it. Then more, and more and more. Now there's probably 2 feet, and another 3 or 4 feet drifted. And it is COLD!! I'm spending way too much time on the computer simply because I like the warmth on my lap.

Yesterday morning my husband went out to shovel. We live on a corner lot which means a lot of sidewalk, not to mention driveway. You get the picture. So here's the poor guy out there with his bad knees, all hunched over doing his manly duty for our home and property, when two little neighbor boys from across the street came over with their snow shovels. They are two brothers, one 12, the other 7.

They pitched right in and worked with my husband until the job was done. When they finished, he thanked them, gave them some cookies and they ran home. This morning their mom called to thank me for the cookies, and to thank me for giving her sons the opportunity to learn service. (I know, this is the kind of neighborhood we live in. It's a little bit of heaven on earth & we love it.)

Her older son had said, "Mom, I'm so glad we went over to help Mr. Gowen. He never could have shoveled all that snow by himself. He needed our help, and I have such a good feeling about what we did." She said he had a smile on his face all day, lingering from the joy of serving someone who really needed it.


  1. Awwww I want to move into your neighbourhood now!!!

    That's just so sweet!! Take care

  2. It's nice to have good neighbors!
    Keep warm! Smiles to you.

  3. Aw, this post just warms my heart. You live in a great neighborhood. It's nice to know some kids are getting raised right. :)

  4. That is so touching! Sounds like a great place to live! Except for the snow...

  5. Hi Karen,
    I found your blog from your comment on Scribe Sisters. Nice to meet you! And what a touching story about the snow shoveling. People really do want to help each other, and it really does make us all feel good! Thanks.

    Linda Gray

  6. Linda, that makes two Linda Gray's following my blog here LOL! Welcome and thanks for your comment. I totally agree, people are basically generous and helpful. We just don't hear enough about those experiences. (I know it's not just my neighborhood!)

    Pat, well the snow is now melting, so that's ok. I went for a walk yesterday and it felt like spring!


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