If you’re anything like me, you’re feeling a little sore after the snowstorm this week. And no, it’s not just because the neighborhood kids unleashed a barrage of snowballs on your face.
It’s because of shoveling. The one miserable, inevitable part of every snowstorm is shoveling. Whether it’s your front walk, your deck, your driveway, or a spot for your dog to pee, everyone has to pick up a shovel, lift some snow (with your knees not your back!) and put it somewhere else. It sucks, and there’s no other way to put it.
And when a storm like this week’s comes along, it’s easy to get discouraged. When you look at even a small driveway covered evenly with a foot to two feet of snow, you know you’re in for a long day. When you’ve cleared out enough room for you to stand and you’re already out of breath, you know you’re in for a longer day. And when you’ve cleared less than half your driveway and you’re on the verge of passing out, you know you’re in for the longest day.
But there are tools that helps us get through. Snow blowers are the biggest help, but also the most expensive. Hot chocolate soothes the soul and provides a little more bang for your buck. And little did we know, there’s actually a third tool that can really lift your spirits after you’ve slipped and fallen for the 8th time. I found it on the Videos subreddit, and it looks like this:
That. Is. Adorable.
I don’t know about you, but even though my back is basically falling apart after all the shoveling I did, hearing that cute-as-hell little voice cheering me on would make all the achey muscles melt away and allow me to shovel the rest of my driveway and the neighbor’s.
Sure, there are some of you who will get down on this little kid. His inspirational cheers can’t literally heal pain. But they do tell you a little something about how he sees the guy holding the shovel in this video. To this kid, that man is a hero. The simple act of sliding a shovel under some snow, lifting that snow up in the air, and (kind of) effortlessly tossing it to the side is like finding world peace and solving climate change all in one.
And understand it or not, that can push people to crazy limits. Ever heard of the moms lifting whole cars off the ground to save their kids? Pretty sure a dad can lift a few pounds of snow if it means hearing his kid cheer like he just won the damn Super Bowl.