I feel abandoned by my neighbours; it seems like we are the only ones remaining strong.
… What I’m referring to is the number of neighbours who are leaving our street … not in a permanent way, just for a vacation.
We live on a small street of only ten houses – it’s actually a cul-de-sac – but three of our neighbours are going to warmer climates just as the cold and snow have hit us.
Christmas Day saw the most snowfall I can remember in this area. Though we were not going anywhere, I knew it was going to mean me having to leave lounging with my family to go and shovel the driveway and the back deck.
We had company coming for dinner and there was no way they could plow through all the snow that got dumped on us during the night.
… I’m even surprised Santa came through with the gifts. It must have been a tough night even with Rudolph leading the team.
Just before I got to stirring myself from my one-day hibernation, I heard a noise outside our door.
It was my neighbour with his snowblower. He plowed the driveway and our walk.
What a Christmas gift!
I shot him a thank you email a little later and his response was, “You’re welcome and we are leaving for southern climates for a couple of months.”
I went out to shovel our deck and clear more drifts from the driveway, and saw another neighbour doing the same. He yelled over Christmas greetings and promptly told me he was going to leave us with the cold and snow for some tropical weather the next day.
We’d already said goodbye to one family who are visiting their native land, where they don’t know what a fall jacket looks like, let alone a full-blown winter coat.
And I’m pretty sure there is yet one more snowbird who is flexing her wings to leave our white winter wonderland.
It’s not usually that bad when people go south. But when they gang up on you and leave when the temperature drops and the snow piles are as tall as your wife, it can be a little discouraging.
It’s not that I interact with my neighbours a lot during the dark part of the year, but even seeing those tail lights going into their garage, or giving a wave while we wipe the snow from our cars, is comforting, like we’re in this together.
I don’t feel that way right now. I feel a little abandoned, like I’ve been left to hold down the fort while others get to enjoy all the perks that come with sun, warmth and beach.
I know they will be back, and I know the present conditions will ease up a little. Some of this snow will melt and we will have some warmish days (that’s Canadian speak right there).
But for right now, looking out my window at all that snow, and the bags being loaded into vehicles, I think it would be nice to trade in a couple of presents for a temporary relocation.
Here’s the thing: There are times in life that we can feel abandoned, alone, like everyone else has taken off and we are by ourselves. At times like that, we need to connect with the Lord because He never leaves us. He is with us, strengthens us and upholds us. There is no need to fear or be dismayed (Isaiah 41:10).
Question: Where would you like to be right now and with whom? Leave your comments below.