Saturday, January 21, 2012

Day 21: Cleared Snow Off Of All The Cars On My Block

There was another snow storm that passed through Chicago last night. It only took a mere 2 hours and 45 minutes for me to pick up my wife and daughter, then drive 2 miles to our home. Around 8 inches fell and as expected, the traffic crawled to a standstill. While driving home, my wife noticed a girl standing in the blizzard like conditions trying to decide whether to wait for the bus or walk to wherever she was going. The girl look cold, so my wife rolled down the window and offered to give her a ride home (I must be rubbing off). The girl obliged, and although she had to put up with a baby who was losing her mind and an hour commute, we dropped her off at her destination.

This morning when I woke up, all of the cars on my street were absolutely covered in snow. We have the luxury of an indoor parking space, so needless to say, our scraper hadn't really been broken in. I decided to give the scraper some work today and clear all of the snow and ice off the windshield and windows of every car on my block for today's random act of kindness. I noticed a man giving me a weird look as I had gone from one car to the next, but then when he realized what I was doing, he gave me a smile and a nod. I left believing that the man would pass along kindness to someone else today.


  1. I'm sure you don't want to post where you live, but Sunday someone did the exact same thing for me. Completely cleared off the snow on my car that had been sitting since Friday afternoon. Not sure if it was you or someone who may have read your story, but I want you to know I was so appreciative of this and am definitely paying it forward. All the best in your endeavor this year! Christina Lopez

  2. Pure awesome! I live in Montreal, and we get LOTS of snow. This is a great idea to lend a hand and remain totally anonymous. In fact, it's snowing now. I'll be out there tomorrow morning! Keep it up!