“A perfect weekend to stay inside and warm,” the meteorologist said on the morning newscast earlier this week. I couldn’t agree more. Rain, followed by several inches of snow, followed by a cold front predicted to grip the midwest and east.
As I was making chili, wearing the new wool socks I got for Christmas and making another cup of hot chocolate for the little one in the living room, I noticed how perfect the snow across our yard already was. We hadn’t had memorable snow in some time. It seemed it was finally winter. Winter is sure pretty from the picture window.
Hours later I was folding clothes upstairs when I noticed the perfectly imperfect snow in front of our house. There were tracks I’d not noticed before.
You see, while I was enjoying our warm home, hot chocolate, wool socks and a picture-perfect scene from my warm home, someone came and filled our fuel oil tank without me even knowing.
How differently those strapped with the responsibility of heating homes, businesses, schools, and churches must view winter from the rest of us.
I was thinking of how pretty the snow looked, he was probably thinking how it makes pulling a hose just a bit tougher.
I was thinking of my feet getting too warm in my new wool socks and he was probably thinking that he should have left the house at 5:30 this morning with another pair.
I was thinking of chili and hot chocolate on my menu, he was probably wondering if he could scarf down his cold meat sandwich on the way to the next house.
I was thinking that it was a great weekend to stay home, and he was out making sure every home on his route was safe and warm.
I was thinking of a weekend with no plans, he was thinking that he’ll be on-call all weekend for those who need a fill.
This weekend – and always – we salute the many Harvest Land fuel truck and propane drivers who put in extra hours when school is canceled, businesses close early or roads are unpassable.
It is when we are safe and warm at home
that this team suits up and goes to battle.
Many thanks to the fuel and propane drivers, service technicians, support staff and part-time crew for stepping in on these bitterly cold days to serve our communities and families. We appreciate your tremendous effort in keeping us warm.