My heart nearly stopped beating this afternoon!
Michelle and I were hungry for a pizza, so she called the store up the road and I went to get it. As I was driving up towards the store, I saw two little boys walking towards the road, giggling and laughing. They were so short…they must have only been between four and six years old. I looked in my rear view mirror, wondering where the parents were and why they would allow such little boys near the road!
I picked up the pizza and began making my way back home. As I traveled along, this is what I came upon…
This is a state snowplow. The truck has a huge plow on the front for plowing, and a plow on the side for plowing back the snow from the edges of the road. This plow was only using the side mounted plow. As I followed him, he swerved far into the oncoming lane. I couldn’t help but wonder what on earth he was thinking as he made this crazy maneuver!
Being such a large truck, it is impossible to see what he is seeing or why he is doing what he is doing. However, as he passed a bit further, there were the two little boys playing in a mound of snow at the edge of their driveway! They were no more than two or three feet from the road!
This road is 40 miles per hour going through Bristol, then the speed ramps up to 55 miles per hour beyond the town limits. This happened where the speed zone is still 40, but what a risk these little boys are taking playing near traffic!
I have always had geat admiration for plowmen. To get up at all hours to plow roads is a task that few would choose…I could never do it. My admiration grew in leaps and bounds this afternoon as I witnessed this man being so very careful for the safety of two neglected (well, that is my opinion) children! Furthermore, the weather today is very beautiful….one can see well and there is little blowing snow. What might have happened if the plowman had been blinded by the drifting and blowing blizzard-like conditions that were predicted for this afternoon?