Hi all! How are you this week? I hope you all have something, at least one thing, to smile about. It can be big, small, or just normal sized. It can be something you did, something someone said, or even a memory that came up.
Speaking of which…
I have lived in my small New Hampshire town longer than I admit that I’ve been alive ;) Well, not really, but it was a very long time ago (early 1990s) that the fresh, young Trent bought a small house for himself in the village center. Years later, and married, he bought a much larger house that was almost right next door to the small one, but that is a story for another day. This story is about one of my first winters in the original house.
I don’t mind shoveling snow, but ice gets the better of me. After a nasty ice storm, I walked to the local hardware store. There used to be two locally owned hardware stores in our small village and a third within three miles. We often forget how the big-box stores decimated all of those mom-and-pop stores. The two I visited most often did not survive the 1990s and the third turned into a specialty store with safety equipment. Anyway, I asked for something to help with the ice, and I wanted it as Earth-friendly as possible.
The owner got out a bag of very expensive “salt” but then asked me if I owned a house in town. I did. He nodded. I’d talked to him before.
“I know it is taking money out of my pocket to say this, but if you are a property owner and tax payer, you can get all of the free sand you want,” he said. “Well, within reason – you can get enough to make sure your driveway is good, but you can’t take extra and and you can’t do other people’s drives nor ask for any money. You see, you are a tax payer, so you bought the sand. It is partially yours.”
I thanked him, bought a few things to show my appreciation, then made the short drive to the DMV/Highway Department lot. There were a few large piles. I filled up a couple of buckets and used them on my drive. It really helped!
So, we had an ice storm on Friday. Sunday morning my drive was still a block of ice. It is on the north side of the house and always in the shade, so it might be late March before it thaws. Yesterday I drove up and grabbed an overflowing five gallon bucket of sand. It helped a lot! I went back and grabbed another bucket, not quite as full. About a third went on the drive and walkways, but the rest is sitting here, waiting for the next ice storm.
As I dug the sand out of the huge pile I had to smile as I remembered the kind store owner who gave me the tip to get some “free” sand.
That was my smile for the week, remembering this kind man and using his advice to make my life much easier once again this year.
What made you smile?
(A reminder – There will not be a Smile Recap post next week).
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Note – I am no longer compiling the Smiles into a Recap post. I’ll try to get the new smile out between 7 and 8:30 Eastern Time.