Nature’s Wrath and the Best and Worst of People

Natural disasters are often used as yardsticks. As I shoveled my driveway, a neighbor asked me “where were you in 1978?” He was referring to the last big blizzard of this type.

The Big Blizzard of 2013 will be remembered for many years or decades to come. 

Natural disasters are often used as yardsticks.  As I shoveled my driveway, a neighbor asked me “where were you in 1978?”  He was referring to the last big blizzard of this type. 

There is a story for every person who has endured record-breaking bad weather, from Superstorm Sandy to last weekend’s blizzard. 

Hardship can bring out the best in people.  In my case, a neighbor stopped by with his truck to plow snow that was 5 feet deep and 30 feet long in the driveway.  That was after I had spent 8 hours laboring with a snowblower and shovel.  While he did that, I crossed the street to help an elderly neighbor clear a path 40 feet long from his home to the road. 

Unfortunately, not everyone with means is so magnanimous as my neighbor with the plow.

When I got in to work this morning, a colleague of mine recounted how her elderly parents were trapped in their home, and grateful when someone came along and offered to plow their driveway.  For $200.  And it was a small driveway – only long and wide enough to hold two cars.  Nonetheless, the helpless couple was grateful.

This is a reminder of how little it takes to help someone out of a jam.  It is also a reminder of how some people have no compunction about preying on the most defenseless of individuals.

Perhaps the man who did the $200 snow job on the seniors was pleased with himself for “helping out” as he counted his cash and drove on to the next victims’ homes. 

Would he have done the same if his parents were in the same situation?  What makes someone like that tick? 

While we prefer to remember the kindness of most people after a tragedy, one can’t help but see an image of one’s parents or other friends or relatives at the mercy of an unscrupulous individual.

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COSMO P February 17, 2013 at 11:53 PM
RONALD M GOLDWYN 9:14 am on Sunday, February 17, 2013 Cosmo, besides voting once a year, what do you do to try and change the laws and actions of our present government? For the past 52+ years I have been on the inside working on the grass roots level trying to seek change by who is a candidate for office. I don't vote in CT. But i do vote in my legal juristiction. There is no point in voting in a liberal state like CT. A republican cant win other than good people like John Fry. All the Dems in this state have it locked up. Question just look at the caliber of the newly elected brain dead politicians just elected to this state and honestly tell me my vote actually means something in CT. So my voting state is not CT any more. Thank GOD!!
Timothy February 18, 2013 at 12:02 AM
RE: Bus Service for Students It's federally mandated.
Ann February 18, 2013 at 02:33 AM
That's the problem -- the federal government mandating buses that stop at every house. If they walk to school, they have to cross roads, etc. Why do they have to stop at every house? No wonder the kids are getting fat. They can't even walk 2 blocks to a bus stop like we used to do IF we lived .5 mile from school in elementary school or 1.5 miles from school if in junior high / high school. The question is, why does the federal government mandate it? Because of law suits? I no longer have kids but I would have no problem with my kids having to walk a few blocks home from the bus stop. Parents who do have a problem should be there to meet them (and walk themselves). I was one of 7 children and had to walk a little under .5 miles to elementary school. My mother didn't drive so my father took me to school on the first day of school and after that I was on my own walking with other children. We were all none the worse for it -- maybe better.
Ruth February 18, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Hmmm.....I had to walk almost 2 miles from the time I was in first grade. In our community, I would be willing to bet more than half of the kids do not ride the bus whether there are sidewalks accessible or not......major traffic jam EVERY school day due to parents dropping their children off.....lines and lines of vehicles backed up both directions on a narrow country road. Apparently not only can they not wait at the bus stops, but they can't be out in cold/rain/snow, etc. We are paying for services not used probably by the majority. RIDICULOUS!!! Also somewhat ridiculous that we have gotten so far off track from the original article. I am to blame as well.
nowhreman February 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Who is Gail? oh did you mean Gale? which is a measurment


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