Thanksgiving Day in Newfoundland

Yesterday it was Thanksgiving in the US. Here in Newfoundland? Perhaps not so much at first glance. Let me explain. For two weeks now I’ve been waiting for payday to arrive so I could get the snow tires installed on the car. That was yesterday. I went to sleep the night before with bare roads, I awoke to a blizzard. Hello? A day early! As they say in Australia, “Bugger!”
As I rose from the bed there were four excited dogs, eager to get outside and investigate. It is hard to be a whiner in the face of all that enthusiasm, so I opened the door and let them out. I had to giggle as I watched their antics through the window. I was waiting with a huge towel when I let them back in, but all to no avail, they shook snow all over me anyway, then grinned and wagged their tails as if to say, “Mom, it is snowing out, it’s that great?” Oh yeah, awesome.
After breakfast K boarded the car and set out for work, plowing her way through the drifts. This girl takes a snow day when the drifts are too deep to find the car. Soon after she left I donned the winter gear and headed out into the storm myself, coat, boots, hat, mitts, snow scoop, dogs, yep, got it all. I finished clearing the driveway in time to get lunch ready.
After lunch the snow plow went by and filled the driveway in, so out we go again. It was still snowing hard, but we (me and my oh so helpful dogs) got it all cleared away. I glanced over at the neighbor’s house and saw their car parked out on the roadway. Not good. Thinking all might not be well there, I took snow scoop in hand and went over. I started at the road and was halfway down their driveway before she came out.
“What are you doing, you crazy woman?” she shouted as she struggled through the snow towards me.
“I saw the car on the road and thought I could get some exercise,” I replied.
“You’ll have yourself killed, you fool, go home.”
“Are you guys Ok?”
“The old man’s sick, and I’m not so strong. I can’t thank you enough for this. I can get the car off the road now, you stop before you drop.”
“Yes Ma’am, I’ll just make a path to your door, you put your car in then go take care of your man.”
We chatted for a few more minutes then I went home. The cottage was warm and cozy. I made some spiced tea and settled into my favorite chair with some Christmas music on.
I sat knitting for a while, watching the storm, and I realized I do have a lot to be thankful for. So I silently thanks the gods for this warm home, the four sleeping companions around me, the amazing woman who shares this life with me, all the new friends I have recently made, and for the good health that allows me to enjoy it all. Yes indeed, in the end, yesterday was Thanksgiving in Newfoundland after all.

12 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Day in Newfoundland”

  1. shannon espositoshannon esposito

    Sounds like you had a cozy Thanksgiving! I could just picture the big wet smiles on your dogs when they came in. 🙂

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    November 25, 2011
  2. AshleyAshley

    You are a blessing on so many paths you cross. I am so glad you and K have crossed mine.

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    November 25, 2011
  3. Sheila SeabrookSheila Seabrook

    How lovely of you to help your neighbour in need, Prudence. WTG!

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    November 25, 2011
  4. Alyssa RendrumAlyssa Rendrum

    That sounds like a lot of fun! I didn't hear you mention anything about a snow woman though…don't tell me you forgot to make one with all that fresh snow;-)

    Thank you for sharing your thanksgiving story with the rest of us! I wish the world had a couple billion neighbors like you to help each other out. I haven't enjoyed Thanksgiving for a while, but with such supportive friends falling into my lap, I had more fun than ever before! I am most definitely thankful for the friendships I have acquired in the last month. You really made my thanksgiving special, with a lot to be thankful for! Thank you for everything!

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    November 25, 2011
  5. Karen McFarlandKaren McFarland

    Ah the snow. I used to live in the mountains so I remember. I would always know that it had snowed when I got up in the morning because it was so quiet. Our dog loved it and would dig tunnels and prance around the yard wagging her tail. Then of course I would be waiting at the door with the towel. LOL. Like that worked, right?

    Your certainly a good neighber Pru. Enjoy the snow!

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    November 26, 2011
  6. LynNerdKelleyLynNerdKelley

    I hope you're able to get those snow tires soon. All that shoveling? That's hard work. You must be in perfect shape. Your dogs sound like tons of fun. I bet my dogs and yours would have quite a party if they all got together! Bless you for helping your neighbors out like that. Awesome lady.

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    November 27, 2011
  7. Christopher HudsonChristopher Hudson

    Pru: Finding a reason to give thanks in snow storm is very zen … my reaction is usually very un-zen-like.

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    November 28, 2011

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