Friday, February 12, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness in the Snow

As Washington digs out from one of our harshest snowstorms on record, we are emerging from our white cocoons to hear of almost the entire metro region paralyzed and shut down, more than a hundred thousand homes without power, major highways and roadways impassable because of icy conditions, accidents, and downed trees and power lines. Oh, and, another near-blizzard on the way!

And in the midst of all the chaos, there is kindness. Neighbors checking on neighbors, bringing food and medicine to those who cannot get out, sharing their homes with those without power, coming together to help shovel out cars, driveways, homes, and sidewalks. Neighborhood families coming out into the streets, backyards, and parks to sled and play in the snow together.

It may take a village to raise a child, but it may take a snowstorm to make a village.