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Pay It Forward - The Good Fairy with a Snow Shovel!

Real Estate Agent with Real Property, Inc.

Just as I recovered from a nasty winter cold the other day we were slammed with yet another snow storm.  There was at least another foot of snow to shovel out of my driveway and walkways with almost no where left to put it.  Like all my neighbors I was out as soon as the snow had stopped falling and we all commiserated as we shoveled about our fatigue from the storms nearly every week.

One of my neighbors who is always one of the 1st to shovel out was noticeably absent from the activities and his driveway and steps were still buried in snow.  When I finished up my cleanup I went into my house to take a couple of aspirin, have a hot cup of coffee and to call the neighbor who was missing in action.  He answered the phone in terribly hoarse voice.  I asked him why he wasn't out shoveling and he said he had a ferocious head and chest cold (hmmm just like the one I was getting over).  He said he just couldn't get out and shovel because he felt so bad and would get to it if he felt a little better later in the day.

As the day progressed there was no sign of my sick neighbor, so by dusk I had recovered enough from my shoveling so that I grabbed my trusty snow shovel and tackled my sick neighbors driveway (it's not a big driveway).  The snow plows had done a good job of burying his truck in.  I shoveled a good clean path for him to get the truck into the street and just as I was finishing up his wife came home from work.  She asked why on earth I was shoveling out her husband's truck.  I told her he was really sick and that I had a very guilty conscience about giving him the horrible cold that I had just gotten over when we had lunch together a week or so ago.  I also told her that if he questions as to who may have shoveled him out, to keep it under her hat,  to just tell him that the good fairy with a snow shovel must have done it. 

John R. Crosby, Realtor & Appraiser
Real Property, Inc.
19 Linden St.
, Marblehead, MA  01945
781-479-4177  phone & fax

Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

John,,,what a wonderful neighbor you are and blessings to you for helping one in need.

Jan 30, 2011 11:25 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

John, you are the good fairy with the snow shovel! I remember one year I was out shoveling the driveway, almost in tears. A plow truck drove by, backed up... came in the driveway and made short work of it while I stood there amazed! As he finished I started to trot over to him, but he blew out of my driveway as fast as he blew in, waving goodbye to me. I was thrilled! I know your neighbor will be too.

Jan 30, 2011 11:31 AM
John Crosby
Real Property, Inc. - Marblehead, MA

Judith, Thanks for your kind words, my neighbor always helps the other neighbors when they need a hand, he truly has the spirit of Pay It Forward.

Jan 30, 2011 11:31 AM
Keisha Hosea- KASIHomes.com
KASI Homes - Chino Hills, CA
Real Estate Solutions For Real People

That was very sweet of you and I am sure that your sick neighbor is grateful.

Jan 30, 2011 11:35 AM
John Crosby
Real Property, Inc. - Marblehead, MA

Andrea Thanks!  The same thing happened to me a couple weeks ago when I was at my whits end with up to 2 feet of snow to shovel and the fellow who I only know very casually from town swoopped in plowed a clearing for my car and he refused to take anything in return for his work as he drove away.  It really made my day.

Jan 30, 2011 11:36 AM
John Crosby
Real Property, Inc. - Marblehead, MA

Keisha Thanks, I noticed that he had moved the truck today, hopefully he's feeling better.

Jan 30, 2011 11:37 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Very nice. We hear so many horror stories abut bad neighbors. It is always nice when you can help someone just out of kindness!

Jan 30, 2011 12:45 PM
Kathryn Acciari
Central One Federal Credit Union - Shrewsbury, MA
Mortgage Loan Originator

That is wonderful, John.  I know first-hand how heavy that snow can get.  You truly are an angel.

Jan 30, 2011 01:55 PM
John Crosby
Real Property, Inc. - Marblehead, MA

Gary Thanks!  We have our share of idiot neighbors just like most every other neighborhood but I think my good neighbors by far are the best in the world!!! I just ignore the idiots they are not worth the bother!!!

Jan 30, 2011 02:03 PM
John Crosby
Real Property, Inc. - Marblehead, MA

Hey Kathryn Thanks!  I hope you escaped from some of the past storms we've had here in MA along the coast, I hear there is another storm forecast for Tues and Weds...AHHHHHH!!!!!

Jan 30, 2011 02:06 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I'll have the chance to be someone's good fairy!

Oct 05, 2014 03:29 PM
John Crosby
Real Property, Inc. - Marblehead, MA

Hi Laura Thanks!  I hope you don't catch a cold Paying it Forward!

Oct 05, 2014 11:27 PM