Angels with Acne

Real Estate Agent with Utah Homes 9334967-SA00

The  snow falls gently to the pavement.

One inch.

Then  two.

Then Three.

Then four.

I put on my work boots, and coat and grab the shovel.

And, sleepy eyed, push and scrape and heave-ho knowing that, snow?

There will be more.

I think of the widows and single moms- who'll shovel their paths?

I awoke too late to do more than this drive,

and then I'm gone.

But I love that here,

in this place...

as if from days gone by,

In the darkness I see a boy.

Then another.

Another, another one, and still some more.

Dragging shovels not much shorter than they,

They approach the next driveway and they shovel,

And they push,

and they finish the chore.

From ages 12 to 18 they've woken early to do what they do.

They shovel for those who may not be able,

or have many more chores themselves to do.

Angels with acne, and homework,

and responsibilities galore.

They shovel a dozen or more paths and driveways.

They showed up today, 

They'll be back tomorrow,

and the next and the next if needed.

Bless their moms and their dads

for raising these boys.

Who in the darkness will do their good deeds.

Then they'll be off to school.

Perhaps with homework that's sloppy,

And hair that's a mess.

I don't know their names- it's too dark to distinguish one from the other,

but I'm warmed by their goodness,

and their selfless deeds.

There will be no shut-ins today.

Not in this neighborhood.

Thanks to these fine, young, men


Comments (5)

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Chuck it's so heartwarming to hear stories like this one!  I remember when it was common to go about the neighborhood and help those that needed help - and it always felt good too.

Dec 14, 2015 04:16 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Chuck, sweet post!  Last winter, I had a secret shoveler, and I so appreciated it!  Non of the kids on the block would own up to it, nor would the grownups.  It was great!

Dec 14, 2015 11:49 AM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Thank you so much for sharing the acts of kindness being done for others.  The greatness of these parents teaching their young men to take care of their neighborhood and neighbors will benefit them their entire life.  Who knows, maybe one of them will marry my grand-daughter some day. 

Dec 14, 2015 12:31 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Chuck.  My first thought would be the Boy Scouts.  It's good to see that there are still youngsters out there who have a sense of goodness about them.  

Dec 14, 2015 07:27 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Chuck,  last year in one of our snowstorms, my lawn person came by and plowed me out without being called. It was a Sunday am and I needed to get to the radio station. I was so pleased , I asked him to do the same for our neighbors but send me the bill. 


Dec 30, 2015 01:29 AM