Yesterday was one of those utterly disgusting weather days in which we got about 5 inches of snow, then rain, then freezing rain just in time for the evening commute. E wound up sleeping in her office at work rather than risk the drive home. When M got home from school, I called and asked him to spend some time shoveling my side of the driveway before starting his homework. My hope was that he’d dig out enough so that I could pull in off the street and then clear the rest, rather than have to dig out snow that’s been driven over and packed down.
When I got home, not only had M cleared part of the driveway, he’d actually cleared the entire length of the driveway wide enough for me to pull all the way into the garage! WOW! That was a whole lot of heavy wet snow for him to move. I was truly amazed, and incredibly grateful at how much work and time it saved me. He’d even thought things through enough to have put his raincoat on over his parka, so his parka would stay dry, and then hung the sopping wet raincoat up over the bathtub when he got back inside.
I headed out to clear the rest of the driveway, the paths, the fire hydrant, and the mailbox. The rain soon shifted to freezing rain which started sticking to trees, so I told M we were likely to lose power at some point, and he should finish up any homework that needed the computer first, then make himself some food. By the time I finished clearing everything, not only had he finished homework and heated up food for both of us, he’d even gotten out the flashlight and his camping headlamp, and put them on the table so they’d be handy if the lights went out.
It’s so wonderful to get these occasional signs that he really is turning from a child into a responsible and helpful young man.