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Posted: January 3, 2015

Post-storm appreciation: Say ‘thank you’ to the people who pushed, pulled & dug you out

Written by: Shannon Bryan

The kindness of strangers: In this 2012 photo, Alex Lambert, Drew Gelinas, and Jeff Gelinas push a stranded motorist out of the snow in the the Saco Middle School parking lot. They had been taking advantage of a snow day by skiing on the hill at Saco Middle School when they stopped to help out. That’s Mainers for you.
Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Press Herald file photo

Stuck. We’ve all been there. Maybe we’re cruising along in the midst of a storm (driving slow, being mindful of the slippery roads) and suddenly, we get stuck. The tires spin. Maybe the nose of the car finds its way into a snowbank. Or maybe our car couldn’t even make it out of the parking spot. And just as we’re beginning to wonder how the heck we’re going to get unstuck (call a tow truck? Request an airlift? Ditch the car until spring?) strangers appear. And these people we don’t even know start pushing, and pushing, and digging, until suddenly – we’re freed. Sometimes we have a chance to shake their hands and say “thank you” – sometimes we’re left to wave a thanks out the window as we will the car to keep moving and not get stuck again. But sometimes a wave just doesn’t cut it.

So we’re inviting you to say “thank you” to the people who helped you out: The guy who pushed you up the street, the neighbor who shoveled your walkway, the woman who offered to jump your battery. All of them. You might not know their names, but you can still say thanks. Because winter in Maine can be tough, but it’s easier when we’re helping each other out.

Post your “thank you” in the comments below

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