Something about the snow brings people together, especially when the snow creates a bit of chaos. I remember last year in Annapolis, during Snowmagedden, the snow brought the most unlikely people together. Everyone was helping everyone and there were no barriers dividing us. We now live in a very international apartment building near many of the embassies in DC. After the results of the 2016 election, this same type of togetherness was apparent. People in the building were friendly and in the streets, everyone was kind. We were all suffering together and thus, it brought us together.
Weather is a factor that has a similar impact. When there is trouble it is when we all come together to help one another. Of course, there will always be those people who put their bad manners first in situations of need and crisis. So, I’ve compiled my favorite list to help you mind your manners when it snows. Stay warm out there peeps!
1. Be a courteous car-parker
Generally if you plow the spot, you get to keep it. That being said, we’re in an apartment building and in a part of the city where that rule just cannot hold. Sorry people, but it’s a free for all! But, if you live on a smaller, quieter street or in a neighborhood where residents always park in the same or designated spot–don’t steal their spot after they plow away the snow! Get your shovel and get to work.
2. Lend a helping hand
Yesterday morning, Baby Mae and I ventured to the market for a few plantains to fry and some yummy treats for the family. Most of the sidewalks were shoveled except for the areas with the sidewalk ramp and the roads. Her stroller kept getting trapped when we tried to cross the streets. Thankfully the sidewalks were filled with many helpful pedestrians who graciously helped me carry the stroller across the street.
3. Clear your sidewalks
If you own a home or business which pedestrians often pass, do shovel your sidewalk in a timely manner. If snow is coming, prepare ahead of time with bags of salt or lineup someone to help shovel your sidewalk in advance.
4. Stamp your feet
Before entering an establishment, the office or home, stamp your feet outside to keep from bringing in large amounts of snow which will melt and cause others to slip.
5. Drive slowly
Not all people are equipped or familiar with driving in snowy conditions. Yes, it’s irritating to be stuck behind an overly cautious driver. But it’s more irritating to be in a car accident. Take your time, obey the traffic conditions and don’t tailgate.
6. Walk in a single-file
If you are with a group of friends, or in my case, meeting a fellow mom-friend for a glass of wine after all the snow, be sure to walk in a single-file on the sidewalk. Don’t walk side-by-side so that those walking in the opposite direction are forced to step off the sidewalk into piles of snow to make room for you, or so that they are stuck and have to wait for you. Walk in a single-file so that everyone has room to pass.
7. Play nice
Lastly, remember snow time is a time for fun. Resist the urge to topple your neighbor’s snowman, throw snowballs with questionable ice at your sibling, or freeze your sidewalk so people walking by will trip and fall. Play nice people!