Like most Pittsburghers, I have struggled through this winter season battling inches and inches of snow, plummeting temperatures, icy conditions and very little sunshine.
I'm not complaining. I know we're all in the same boat. What I am doing is praising my Snow Angels.
For the majority of this snowy season, I have had the most wonderful neighbors and friends. It seems like Justin and Chas have taken it upon themselves to make sure that their neighbor -- me -- has had minimal inconvenience and maximum support in the way of such grand acts of kindness by helping to keep my driveway and sidewalk clear of snow.
On top of that, last week when I was walking to the parking lot after riding the T, it seems the Snow Angel struck again. There were several cars in the parking lot under at least 2 inches of snow.
I was ready to scrape and clean my car before going home to shovel my driveway. Lo and behold, my car was clean! Not only did this angel clean the windows, but the roof, the trunk and the hood of the car were all free of snow.
How blessed I am and how grateful I am to my angels -- those I can identify and those I cannot. After telling my family about my Snow Angels, I know they are paying it forward in grateful appreciation by taking care of their neighbors.
A challenged mom received key assistance while flying
Traveling with young children is never easy, which is why this harried mother of two found several people on my flight from Fort Lauderdale to Latrobe so helpful.
Delayed flights in a construction-filled terminal result in little to do, as well as few places to go, and there were even fewer electrical outlets to charge a phone. My first helper was a gentleman who offered me his cord-free charger for my nearly defunct phone. In an airport where electrical outlets were being staked out, he selflessly ensured I could call my husband with updates about our flight.
Once we finally arrived in Latrobe, we quickly wanted to return to Florida because we were welcomed by cold temperatures and a heavy snowfall. I had complete strangers help me with bags off the plane and assist me in taking my luggage to the parking shuttle, all while toting two children who were growing tired, cranky and cold.
My cell phone savior not only helped with my bags but, after being dropped off at his car, drove to find me just as I was stepping off the shuttle van. Since the driver was not allowed to assist, he took my bags off the shuttle while I got my kids in the car. He proceeded to brush the snow off my car for me and stayed to make sure I could back out of the foot or more of snow that had fallen since I left on my trip.
I asked him his name but admit I forgot it in the midst of just wanting to get my kids home. However, to this gentleman originally from Georgia, who has lived in Pittsburgh for over 20 years, and to the countless other helpful passengers on my plane, "Thank you."
When my husband asked before the trip how I was going to manage everything by myself, my answer was, "I'll manage somehow" -- possibly because I knew strangers would come forward and help someone in need.
Woman in supermarket line offered money when needed
My two sons were at the Bridgeville Giant Eagle, the young one having had a tracheotomy due to his ongoing battle with cancer.
They did their shopping but had trouble paying at the checkout line because they confused my cell phone number with the PIN of a food stamp card. A lovely lady behind them said she would pay for the groceries and did so.
I hope she sees this. There are many nice people in the world, and she is one of them! Bless you, dear lady.
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