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My Husband: The Snow Shoveler

January 26, 2016

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I’m sure you’re aware there was a blizzard on the east coast — So, this is no surprise…. some snow photos! I just wanted to share what the blizzard was like for us. I’ve been without internet for a few days, because for some reason it was spotty. On Friday, Robby came home early, he works an hour away in Chantilly by the Dulles Airport. He drives all backroads to get home, so if he didn’t leave when the snow hit, he would have risked wrecking. He had prepared the house for an outage, filled gas cans for the generator, prepped water jugs, snow suits and even managed to pack the liquor cabinet (the important things). He’s a ‘prep’ kind of guy! He even put a chainsaw in the car just in case of fallen trees on the road home.

 

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The snow kept falling for almost two days, and the wind howled and blew snow drifts to spots in our yard that were probably 6’ tall! For the most part, it appears there was about 2.5’ of snow. Which also mean that even though we have  4 wheel drive SUV, because the explorer isn’t TALL enough, we couldn’t clear the snow to drive. Robby went out and shoveled not only our deck and driveway, but he always went and borrowed the neighbors snowblower to do the 200’ street and THREE neighbors driveways. When I asked him why he went out in the cold and spent all that time doing it, he simply said ‘well, she’s a single mother, they have a baby (my neighbors that went out of town), and the people on the end… well, he just thought it would be nice. He’s a better person than I am. Everyone has their love language, and Robby’s is SERVICE. 

Robby is a special kind of human that goes out of his way to help other people, simply because he thinks he SHOULD. His passion lies in helping other people. We don’t know two of the neighbors, and actually none of them were home to even see Robby doing it. But, he did it anyways. He does things for people without anyone even knowing he did them. He doesn’t do things for a thank you. It’s like that old tale of a man building one of the grand cathedrals, that carved a detailed bird into something that would get covered anyway. When asked why he did it, that nobody would see, he simply says ‘God sees everything’. This is what I think of my husband. What a guy! Granted he won’t help with laundry, but he does go out of his way to stop on the side of the road to help someone with their car. The world needs more Robby’s! 

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 The point of my story is… and I don’t mean to be one to air dirty laundry, but I just must mention what he had happen to him today. All this and he went to work today for the first time since Friday and his co-workers had vandalized his work station. When he asked them why they said ‘we were mad you weren’t here’. Seriously? Who does that? Robby gets mistreated by people quite often and it just baffles me. I just wish people would treat each other fairly. Robby does so much for other people, yet gets treated by some like garbage. Why is this? He’s the kind of guy that lends things to people, helps other people (even to the point of helping them find employment), but doesn’t expect anything in return. However, instead of a simple acknowledgement, he often faces people that actually ‘bite the hand that feeds’ by mistreating him afterwards. It makes me almost want to tell him to stop doing things for people. Although, that’s not what God would want him to do. Maybe to turn the other cheek…? I think he needs some prayers! Please say a little prayer for Robby!

 

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