The temperatures in Boise have finally reached above freezing this week, but the snow remains, all be it at this point slush. It’s okay for Slurpees but not for driving.
The immigrant from India who works at the 7-11 was overcome bu tears. “I love America; a land of plenty, a land of endless Slurpees.”
When it snows I shovel my neighbors driveway and sidewalk. They are in their eighties.
Our last snow came during the evening and I speculated that the snow might melt by noon so there was no need for me the shovel. The snow did not melt as I hoped. An energetic friend came by while I was out and shoveled my driveway and walk.
When I returned my sidewalk and driveway were cleared. My eighty year old neighbor was shoveling. Immediately I was overcome by guilt. The thought crossed my mind ‘she probably assumed I’m no longer going to shovel for her since she had never pain me.’
It is certain my friend would have shoveled both walks if it was known that I normally do my neighbors also.
My fifteen year old granddaughter was with me. “Quick get the shovel from her hands while I go in the garage and get my shovel. Don’t take no for and answer. Shove her down if you have to. Don’t let politeness stand in the way of being a good neighbor and extending help to your neighbor and respect for the elderly.”
While in my garage I heard my granddaughters sweet voice say, “Let me do that for you.”
That’s what I had in mind. Just like Grandpa.
Later, I walked out in the backyard to scrape snow off my satellite dish. There was group of robins outside my garage door. I don’t know what they were doing there or what they were up to.
It occurred to me that robins cluster, yet there is no name for them when they do. Other birds have special names for their gatherings, like a gaggle of geese, a congress of owls, a murder of crows, a bevy of quails, and so on. Robbins have nothing but flock. It’s as if it’s unusual or illegal for them to congregate.
“Okay you guys,” I said. “Break it up. You don’t even have an official name, you can’t congregate here. Not on my property. You can’t even file a petition for a public gathering. You have no name. So break it up.”
It seems like Idaho has the reputation that somehow white supremacist groups and robins can come here and find it easy to organize. Well, not so.