Well, I can’t say that I’d intentionally plan my travel experiences over Thanksgiving, but as always, one can turn it into a good story.
My flights were actually on time, other than a really long layover in Chicago, the flying part was uneventful.
Fast forward to the rooftop of the Syracuse airport parking garage, and things took a not unexpected turn for the worse. While I was in St. Louis, many, many inches of snow fell.
My poor little car was not entirely buried in snow, but let’s just say that the snow came up to my knees and it wasn’t all that easy to get my suitcase in the car or to retrieve my snow brush/scraper.
As I examined my situation, it became clear that a shovel was needed. As it just so happened, I had one in my trunk.
Almost a year ago to the day, in preparation for my move, I equipped my car with a winter emergency kit. A compact shovel was one of the long shots, I had no idea if it would hold up to the task if the situation arose.
Tonight it came in more than handy.
I opened my trunk and at the same time, noticed a young couple a few spots down the lot – their car wasn’t going anywhere.
He got out of the car and started pacing. I shouted, “Do you need a shovel? I have one.”
He walked over and looked at me. “You have a shovel?”
“I do, it’s never been used. It might be horrible, but here it is.”
He took the plastic shrink wrap off and unfolded the handle and locked it into place.
“This is sweet! I’m in the army, and right now, you’re more prepared than me. But then again, it’s hard for a newbie to know what to expect in Syracuse.”
He shoveled out his car while I brushed the snow off of mine. Then he shoveled out my car.
There was another man across from us who was going through the same struggles, at first he turned down my offer to use the little but apparently sturdy shovel. I’m not sure why he thought it would be better to continue trying to scoop the snow with his hands instead of using my shovel.
In the end, he asked if he could use it, of course, I handed it to him. He then stood near my car to make sure I could get out ok.
Two life lessons were validated that night. There really are good people in the world, and it’s a good idea to be prepared.
I will Uber for my Christmas travels.