Awaiting the snow tonight, I just keep thinking, “Please let it rain instead.” The recent snow storms have been miserable for me as for many mothers.
For us, snow = locked in at home.
As a mother who has been struggling with getting my stroller around, I am asking that home owners please clean the sidewalk in front of your homes and keep in mind when shoveling the snow in front of your house, strollers are wider than people on two feet.
Many times I have been able to make it half way down a block only to have to turn around in middle as there is no way for me to just pick up my stroller and continue walking.
Also, there are some nice people who will see a mother attempting to cross a street covered in snow and slush and will help them get their stroller across.
However, many more will just walk by, or worse, say “excuse me” trying to push their way around me and continue on their way.
I have one child, but what about the mothers with double strollers and children around it? How should they get by? All I’m asking is that people become more aware.
In general, I find that some people in Crown Heights are completely oblivious to the term called manners. When you see a woman trying to open a door of a building/store how much would it take for you to just hold it?
Living in a building that is mixed with Jews and non Jews I find it very sad that the non Jewish people are always holding the doors for me and will wait even if I am far away. The Jewish people usually just run past slamming the doors in my face.
Thank you to all those who have been holding doors and helping women. To everyone else, helping another Yid – man or woman, old or young – is a Mitzvah. Please be a little more considerate. A little help goes a long way.