To the Editor:
I am 91 years old and have lived in Riverdale since 1957, in the same house. I would like to share this story with your readers:
Last year we were extremely fortunate and it did not snow. It would have been unrealistic to expect the same this year. We had our snow yesterday (Jan. 16), but fortunately it was not very heavy.
So, in the morning as I am feeding the feral cats in the front, I am facing this lovely young lady with a snow shovel in her hand, clearing the snow on each step. I said thank you very much, but who are you? She motioned with her hand, from across the street.
What an amazing surprise, but her older brother had offered to help me with the trash cans a couple of years ago. This family is instilling some great values in their children.
I was on the phone with my daughter in Tennessee, telling her about this and she said, “Yes, I have Ethan’s phone number, I will text him to thank them.”
I had an appointment for lunch at the senior center, and now I had no trouble getting downstairs, even though Patrick was ready to assist me.
Later in the afternoon Annemarie thought she would do some more to clear the stairs of ice, but I stopped her, since I had no more plans to leave the house.
I was sure the sun would melt the snow the next day.
She agreed to come in and have some hot chocolate with me and told me the rest of the story:
She had planned to do my stairs but Liba, across the street, said that her children would do it. So Annemarie cleaned some snow off the car. She said that Erin, next door, had done our sidewalk. I was overwhelmed with the generosity of my neighbors.
They are truly my Snow Angels. And I am full of gratitude.
May God Bless you all.