Winter Jobs

Here we are in the middle of the month of February.  Winter’s blast is still here for a bit longer.

ID-10042468 (1)Last blog, I said it is good to embrace the cold and go out for some winter fun. As a single mom, whether in a snowless landscape or in the snow belt, fun is needed to be mixed with all the home responsibilities.

For a few years, I lived in a new sub-division. Because it was a new street, the snowplows usually came last to our street area. Sometimes it wouldn’t be cleared until a day after the snow storm.  I lived in a semi-detached home meaning I shared a driveway with another family. They didn’t believe in shoveling their driveway or obeying the by-law to shovel the sidewalk in front of their house.

I worked hard at keeping my part cleaned. When finished, I just about collapsed as I entered my front door hoping to have lost about 10 lbs! Ha   If I didn’t keep the driveway cleaned, I wouldn’t be able to get to work making it impossible to drive on.  The neighbours knew I kept mine cleared and left theirs in a total mess and used my part. I would watch them back out of their garage, swerve across on   my driveway to make it to the street. It really upset me.  Here I was a single mom, working full-time, struggling with neck issues, and had Mr. and Mrs. ‘No Shovel’ Neighbours. It is hard to understand people. It was a lesson defining how we can only choose our own attitude.  Boy oh boy, this was a test of my patience!

ID-10023106It is interesting how something that makes you angry can turn into something so unique. Snow shoveling is not my favourite pastime.  Sometimes, I would cautiously open the blinds to see what I had to deal with.  The kicker is that I began to enjoy cleaning the driveway late in the evenings. I know… it sounds crazy! But, the street was quiet, people were settled in their homes for the night, and snow fell gently tickling my nose.  It became my Linda Time to pray, think, build my biceps, and take a breather from other life’s pressures.

From such an angry feeling to enjoying pushing the shovel was something I wasn’t expecting.  Did the neighbours change their ways, NO.  Did I appreciate them using my driveway because they were too lazy to do their own, NO!!! What I did love was the quiet moments doing that winter job.

I think I came to understand what Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3: 22,  We were meant to enjoy our work, and that’s the best thing we can do. We can never know the future.

I believe we can be quietly surprised that even in the mundane tasks of life, we can be gifted with special moments.

ID-100169204OPEN YOUR TOOL BOX:  I see a shovel. Are you going to use it? 🙂

  • Winter jobs are here for a bit. What task can you turn from a negative experience into a special time?
  • Ask your kids to help you and make some fun of it.
  • If there is another single mom in your area, help each other with some not so fun jobs.
  • Remember, Spring is just around the corner, well maybe around the snowbank!


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