Went to see friends yesterday, neither of whom had been able to get out of the house since last Wednesday due to the fact that the very steep path leading to their flat was covered in ice. Having nearly not made it up there myself and having had to be pulled up by my partner, he set about trying to clear it with very inadequate tools and a lot of hot water.
Oh yes, and salt and vinegar!
After a while two other people offered help. One offered the use of a shovel and the other came along with a second shovel and help to clear the ice and snow. this was very kind of them both and much appreciated.
I just wonder though about people sometimes. Surely those people must have seen our friends going in and out at other times with mobility aids. Surely they must have seen that the path was too icy to walk on, but until my partner was out there doing it, nobody thought to help.
I don’t think that those people were particularly uncaring, I just think that no one thinks much about their neighbours any more. I asked my elderly neighbours in the week if they needed shopping when i was out at work, even though I don’t particularly like them. does that make me unusual?
My one hope is that maybe those two guys, having helped once, might help again if the weather got too bad so that my friends arent stuck in the house for days on end again.