Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My Heroes

It's not the first time this has happened. Todd leaves for deer hunting and in comes a snowstorm. 

It usually isn't a huge deal. It's a pain in the butt, but not a big deal. I have gotten pretty good with the snowblower and when the snow isn't heavy or wet it is a fairly easy job. However, said snowblower has a broken handle and I have not yet gotten comfortable using the plow that Todd uses to get the job done.  

So, when I heard reports that we would be getting 4-6 inches of snow I was a little annoyed. Not only that but it was a real wet and heavy snow and most of it would be dumped in the middle of the night. I would probably have to get up an hour earlier to make sure I gave myself enough time to shovel the driveway (only the portion leading down from the garage, not the entire drive) so that the minivan could make it out in time to get the kids to school.

The snow began falling around 2 in the afternoon and kept steady throughout the evening. When we dropped Joey off at basketball practice at 6 there was already a good inch or two of snow. We got back home and Tommy and Ben volunteered to go outside and clear the driveway for me. I was thrilled because I had pulled my shoulder earlier in the day and I was having a hard time lifting my right arm. I was not looking forward to shoveling heavy snow. With the boys clearing some of the snow away at night at least that would be a little less snow for me to shovel in the morning.  

Knowing how heavy the snow was I told the boys not to do the entire driveway (it is a big U shaped driveway) but just the part that leads down from the garage. The boys only had a small window of time before we had to go back out and pick up Joey again and it would have been a bit much.

Tommy and Ben worked together and did a great job. I was very thankful I had such willing volunteers. I made sure to give them extra cookies when they came inside and let them know exactly how thankful I was. When we went to pick Joey up from basketball the boys were proud of themselves for giving me a clear driveway to back out of.

As the evening wore on the snow kept up. I checked out the window one last time before bed and the boys' wonderful shoveling job was completely snowed over. I guess it was going to be an early morning for me.

Morning came much too quickly (as it always does) and I woke up extra early. I grumbled down the stairs, fixed myself a cup of coffee, and noticed that my shoulder was still a problem. I had a hard time lifting the coffee pot to pour my coffee. Shoveling was going to be a real pain. Literally.

I quickly slugged down my coffee and began to get ready to do some shoveling. Just then my boys came bounding down the stairs. Immediately, they threw on their snow pants, jackets, boots, hats, and gloves, and took off outside to clear the driveway for me. WITHOUT ME EVEN ASKING. WITHOUT ME EVEN ASKING, PEOPLE!!!!

Even as I was telling them that they didn't have to help, and that maybe they should just relax before school, they insisted that they wanted to do it and took off outside before I could say anymore. It was enough to make this mama cry. I sat inside my nice warm house with a cup of coffee in my hand and watched as my three boys made their mama's morning.
With the three of them working together the job was done in a half an hour. They cleared the driveway and the big pile at the end of the driveway. And just as they were finishing up the snow plow came through and deposited another big pile of heavy, wet snow at the end of our driveway. The boys went to work and cleared it for me once again.
The boys came back in the house to a breakfast of champions. They quickly ate, changed into their school clothes, and got their snowpants, hats, mittens, and boots packed into their backpacks, grabbed their lunches, and we were out the door without any time for my boys to relax.

I am so grateful for these wonderful helpers of mine. So thankful that my fine young men didn't mind waking up and immediately jumping outside into the cold to do some heavy lifting, because I sure did. They saved me from the tedious chore AND from further injuring my wounded shoulder. My little heroes.

What a lucky mama.


betty said...

That's a big driveway to clear! WTG for your boys for initiating it and getting the work done!!


Bijoux said...

I could cry! I know how disheartening it is to wake up to that mess. Your boys are awesome!!!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Wow. That is really heartwarming! Superheroes for sure!

Kat said...

Bijoux- Disheartening is right! I am NOT a morning person. And having to get up so much earlier to go out into the COLD (I really don't like cold) to shovel so early in the morning is the craps. But the worst part was my shoulder. It is really killing me. I can't imagine having to shovel with it like this. And the boys didn't even know about my shoulder. They didn't go outside because I was complaining they did it just because they thought it would be helpful. I was blown away. Truly.

Tabor said...

Dreading the snow season here as with my age each snow shoveling gets more difficult and I am far from any help! I have the cutest granddaughter who might make the best daughter-in-law. Keep me posted. ;-)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That WAS a job--it was HEAVY snow. Bless them!

Hilary said...

Aww.. so sweet but I'm not at all surprised. Somebody has been doing a fine job of raising those kidlets.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family, Kat.

Peruby said...

Man, I bet all your neighbors were in envy. If I looked out my window in the morning and saw your boys cleaning their driveway, I'd probably go into my kids' bedrooms and kick some butts.

Wisconsin Girl said...

What awesome boys you have!

Elaine Alguire said...

That is SO sweet, I just love that they did that for you. Shows how well you are raising them.

Also, do they do leaves? ;D

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